Leading Up to the Trial
The trial of Moses Sithole was a long, expensive, but interesting affair. Not only did it necessarily deal with shockingly gruesome details and include exhaustive testimony on DNA, but there were also some intriguing, if not dramatic, twists.
Of course, it took almost a year to get there.
Sithole himself first appeared in court on Nov. 13, 1995, shuffling in on crutches. Many people, including relatives of the victims, attended, and they were not friendly. Foreseeing an emotional crowd, the building housing the Brakpan Magistrates Court was sealed off with razor wire and guarded by heavily armed police officers. Some people were very disappointed when they arrived too late to see the suspect, since his case had already been heard at and was merely postponed for further investigation. They vowed to camp out at the building on the following occasion.
On Dec. 5, Sithole reappeared in the magistrates court. His attorney, Tony Richard, presented a letter from psychiatrist Dr. Leon Fine to the judge, proposing that Sithole be sent for clinical observation. Apparently, Sithole had suffered some head injuries during previous assaults and boxing matches, and these may have prevented him from realising the wrongfulness of his actions. It is interesting, however, that, despite not realizing that killing these women was wrong, he nevertheless went to tremendous lengths to cunningly mislead them, to lure them far away from other people, to leave almost no evidence behind, and to remove the victims belongings so as to prolong their identification. The judge ordered that Sithole be transferred to the Krugersdorp Prison, where he could be observed at nearby
On May 20, Sithole appeared in the Pretoria Supreme Court, where a date was set for the trial to begin five months later.
In mid-Sept., Sithole received a new, private attorney, Eben Jordaan, whose fees (although 20 percent below the usual rates) would be carried by the State.
On Sept. 30, the newspapers went wild. They reported that Moses Sithole would be charged with 38 counts of murder, 40 counts of rape and 6 counts of robbery. Four of the murder charges related to women previously attributed by the police to alleged
Questioned on whether any of these four were included in the six victims police claimed were positively linked to Selepe at the turn of 1994, they chose not to comment, as the Sithole case is considered to be sub judice, quoted in the Cape Times. The names of the six connected to Selepe has never been made public.
Amanda Kebofile Thethe, age 26, was found on Aug. 6, 1994, near
Another body, that of Rose Rebothile Mogotsi, had also been added to the charges. Rose was found on