Murdered woman given a voice

A woman who died after being set alight, allegedly by her boyfriend, will be given a voice from beyond the grave.

JOHANNESBURG - A woman who died after being set alight, allegedly by her boyfriend, will be given a voice from beyond the grave.

A magistrate has allowed hearsay evidence from the people who last spoke to Viwe Dalingozi.

The State will now be able to call to the stand Dalingozi's uncle, her neighbour and her employer.

Shortly before she died, she told them her boyfriend Mpho Thobane had poured petrol over her and set her on fire.

READ: Man accused of burning woman alive could walk free

“Our job is to place all the evidence before court," said NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw-Mjonondwane.

"We can’t ignore evidence that comes after the trial has started. ”

There was drama in court when Thobane fired his lawyer just after the magistrate made her decision.

Thobane accused the State of trial by ambush.

READ: Friends mourn Viwe Dalingozi, seek justice

But after some thought, Thobane changed his mind and decided to hold on to his legal representation.

The magistrate says it’s in the interests of justice to listen to what Viwe said to the people she last spoke to before she died.

The trial continues next year.

Source
eNCA