Ntokoto Maluleke, the Son of the late Collins Chabane Municipality Mayor Moses Maluleke continues to give his version of events on the dreadful day that his father passed on. The murder trial of the slain politician is underway at the High Court in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Maluleke was shot and killed by three gunmen who entered his home in July 2023 at Xikundu Village.
The trial of the six men accused of killing Malukele and injuring Ntokoto began last week. Ntokoto is the second witness after Avhatakali Mulaudzi took the stand last week. Mulaudzi is a former accused who has since turned state witness. The other five accused are Shumani Nemadodzi, Avhatakali Isaac Mudau, Wiseman Baloyi, Tshianeo Munyai and Pfunzo Lidzebe.
NTOKOTO MALULEKE CROSS-EXAMINED
Ntokoto has detailed how the accused tried to run away.
“These thugs tried running away because they realised that we [me and my father] saw them. They then started shooting,” he told the court.
They said they wanted the money that was in the shirt pocket but when we gave them they refused to take the money.
A forensic report read in the court stated that Tokoto was shot once in his pelvis and his father sustained two gun wounds. One in the chest and another on the head. He also told the court that his cellphone was the only item stolen that evening.
DEFENCE LAWYER QUESTIONS SON’S EVIDENCE
But the defence lawyer, Advocate Peter Legodi has questioned the validity of evidence given by a Ntokoto. He says his evidence is conflicting as he has given two different statements.
The trial will continue on Tuesday Morning at the High Court in Polokwane.