WATCH: 'Ritual murder' or suicide? Who is saying what in the Mokoena killing

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JOHANNESBURG 22 June 2017 - Special reporter Karyn Maughan says Thursday's Constitutional Court judgment is a lesson in functional democracy.

JOHANNESBURG - 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. 

eNCA Specialist Reporter, Karyn Maughan has been following this story for us.