Judgment in the brutal murder trial of LGBTQI+ activist Sam Mbatha is expected to be delivered in the North West High Court on Thursday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the judgment was reserved on Monday.
Three people, including a teenager, have been charged with Mbatha’s killing.
The accused are Arthur Khoza, 19, Mahlatsi Nkuna, 21, and Thato Mosetla, 22.
In addition to murder, the trio faces charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, malicious damage to property, and defeating the ends of justice.
Mbatha’s body was found inside a burnt Hyundai i20 vehicle at a soccer field in Ikageng Section on January 10, 2021.
He was positively identified through DNA testing, the NPA said.
“The three were arrested following an intensive investigation by the police, linking them to the murder of Mbatha,” said provincial NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame.
He said they were arrested on June 21, 2021, at a house in the Phutha section near Klipgat.
"Here, police found bloodstains on the floor, under and on top of a bed, as well as on a carpet.
“Furthermore, an axe suspected to have been used during the commission of this crime was found on top of the roof of the house.”
Mosetla remains behind bars after he was denied bail in July 2022, while the other two are out on R5,000 bail.
The bail was extended until their next appearance.