SOUTH AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has found Dumisani Mkhwanazi guilty of killing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba in August 2013.
It has been seven years since Madiba was last seen at her friend Matshidiso Mkhwanazi’s home in Phiri, Soweto.
Her remains were found buried in a shallow grave at this house in 2015 after she went missing in 2013.
Mkhwanazi’s uncle, Dumisani Mkhwanazi, was arrested and charged with the murder, defeating the ends of justice for burying Madiba’s body, and for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as the theft of Madiba’s cellphone.
Judge Prince Manyathi said the State was able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“I’m of the view that the State witnesses made a good impression on this particular court. There was nothing improbable in their evidence that the court finds that they conspired to falsely implicate the accused in this matter,” Manyathi said.
Delivering judgment, he told the court Mkhwanazi did not make a good impression.
“But what I’ve realised also is that he has this particular tendency of introducing new evidence when he finds himself in a corner,” he said.
Mkhwanazi will now have to wait until 26 February for pre-sentencing procedures to begin.