Video links couple to killing of former Naspers CFO
The couple accused of killing former Naspers CFO Eric Wiese were caught on video footage scouting the area before climbing over the fence at his home in Higgovale. A report on the IoL site notes that the footage, played at the Western Cape High Court, shows Nomfundo Mtshawu and her boyfriend Vuyolwethu Mgemane walking past Wiese's home in Trek Road at 11.31am on 4 August 2017, and returning four minutes later.
At 1.09pm, Mgemane jumps over the hedged wall. He is identified in the footage by his beanie. Mtshawu follows him; she is holding a pair of denim jeans in her hand.
A moment later, Mtshawu points at something, assumed to be the deceased, while they are standing in the yard. They walk towards the front entrance of the house.
At 1.37pm they are observed leaving the premises with bags.
A police officer who collected the footage, Shaun Bardien, said the two left their belongings, the beanie and jeans, which was used as evidence. Mtshawu claimed all she did was participate in the robbery.
Her boyfriend took the blame for everything.
He pleaded guilty to murder and housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Prosecutor Maresa Engelbrecht asked that the couple be convicted of murder and housebreaking. ‘Accused two (Mgemane) is covering for accused one because she is his girlfriend. The deceased is a big man. Mgemane wouldn’t have been able to overpower him on his own,’ she said.
Judgment will be delivered on 21 May.
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