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and Mahlangu trial day 3
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 20, 2011
Jennifer Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu appeared in Magistrates
Tredgold Regional Court A on trial facing Kidnapping and Theft charges
on 19 and 20 December. The matter was before Magistrate Goodluck
Sangweni with Prosecutor is Mr Goodwill Katenaire and Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights Kossam Ncube defending the two accused. The trial
continues on 21 December at 9am.
The trial had
been postponed from 12 December 2011 as the key witness Emma Mabhena
did not come to court. Once again on 19 December she was not in
court so the trial began with 2nd witness Bokani Nleya.
After the state
case was presented, the defence attorney cross examined the witness
Bokani Nleya. She made three different statements than those recorded
by the police. When challenged that she was contradicting her own
signed statement. In her evidence she has said Nolwandle Simunyu
had searched with Jennifer Williams but in her statement it alleged
that Magodonga Mahlangu had accompanied Williams. When pressed,
she said that the Police officer recording the statement had altered
the name in her statement. She also said that the police officer
had not asked her the value of the torch but just inserted 300 South
African Rand. She said the torch was bought for 40 Rand and she
was to sell it for USD 10.
Day two began
with 75year old Emma Mabhena taking the witness stand. She is the
main state witness and is said to have been kidnapped by Williams
and Mahlangu. Upon cross examination she stated emphatically that
she was never physically forced into the vehicle and that none of
the accused persons ever threatened her or kept her against her
will in the vehicle. Her signed statement reads - "the other
lady who was in this vehicle opened the rear passenger door and
pulled me inside the vehicle while this slim lady pushed me from
outside." She continued "The lady with light complexion
warned me that if I wanted peace I should keep quiet and just direct
them to where my grandson's girlfriend was staying".
statement was signed by Emma Mabena in her verbal evidence in court
she refuted this part and other parts of her statement that implied
kidnapping or use of force by any of the accused. As with state
witness, Bokani Nleya, Emma Mabhena disassociated herself with most
of the statement penned in her named by police officers.
The final state
witness took the stand and lead evidence but will be cross examined
at 9am tomorrow.
Events in court
where both state witnesses have disassociated themselves with statements
penned on their behalf by George Levison Ngwenya of CID Law and
Order Department point to his long term threats against Williams
and Mahlangu to fix them with criminal charges.
the WOZA fact
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