Former Teazers manager guilty of murder

Former strip club manager Michael Jackson was on Thursday found guilty by the Cape High Court of shooting dead a street child.

Jackson appeared before Judge Dumisani Zondi and two assessors, who found him guilty of the murder of Xolani Zodwana.

Zodwana was shot dead soon after Jackson and his staff had closed the Teazers strip club in Cape Town between 6am and 7am on a Saturday in May 2004.

The shooting happened after Jackson had found a window of his luxury car smashed, in a parking bay in the street near the strip club.

Jackson now faces sentence for the murder and a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The latter charge relates to his false statement to the police that he had thrown his firearm into the sea.

The judge said the only questions to be answered were whether Jackson in fact had a firearm on him when he noticed the window of his car smashed - he claimed his firearm had been stolen - and whether it was he who in fact shot the child.

Although a defence ballistics expert, Thomas (Wollie) Wolmarans, had earlier said there was a strong possibility that the shot that killed Zodwana was not fired by Jackson, Zondi accepted the testimony of a state witnesses who had seen Jackson with a gun just before the shooting.

The hearing continues on Thursday afternoon. - Sapa