Durban - A Winterton mother on Wednesday described how six men who stormed her home, burned her with an electric iron.
Razia Engar suffered severe burns at the hands of the men who also killed her husband, Mohamed Engar, 67, who ran a milling business at their farm, Noodhulp, the Pietermaritzburg High Court heard.
Mohamed Engar was savagely beaten and stabbed in the stomach during the attack on December 5, 2013. He died in Grey’s Hospital two days later.
Sifiso Mabuza, 32, Lindelani Mshali, 25, Mbongeleni Nkabinde, 25, Bongani Mazibuko, 27, Sabelo Ndlovu, 32, and Mduduzi Nene, 37, all pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder of a farm employee as well as unlawful possession of firearms.
Ndlovu was allegedly found in possession of a 12-gauge pump action shotgun that allegedly belonged to Engar.
Another firearm recovered from Mabuza has been linked to a cartridge case found at the scene of the attack, the State claims.
Razia recalled the night of the attack on Wednesday. She said the attackers had forced her to lie on her stomach and she then felt the heat of the iron on her body and legs.
She told the court that she was shocked and traumatised when her husband, who was bleeding and whose legs had also been burned, was brought from the mill, (which is on the property) to the home.
The indictment alleges that the assailants packed the victims’ goods and cash into bags, which they loaded into Mohamed’s vehicle and fled.
A farm employee, Lebaka Fortunate Tsotetsi, was shot in the leg and stomach.
The trial is proceeding.