UPDATE: Mantsoe denies killing Karabo Mokoena

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Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe appearing in court for the gruesome killing of then girlfriend Karabo Mokoena.

Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe appearing in court for the gruesome killing of then girlfriend Karabo Mokoena.

• Editor's note: This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as more information becomes available.

JOHANNESBURG - Murder-accused Sandile Mantsoe has denied murdering his ex-girlfriend, Karabo Mokoena, and suggests she committed suicide.

But the state says Mantsoe confessed to a police officer that he killed Mokoena in a ritual killing in order to sever the blood tie between him and her, and thereby restore his failing business.

The prosecution says it’s still unclear whether Mokoena was alive when her body was doused in petrol and pool cleaner, and set her on fire.

Mantsoe is accused of killing Mokoena last month.

He faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Mantsoe's also supporting the state’s bid to block media reports about details of his bail application.