Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
5 Mar 2015
12:30 pm

Pregnant suspect to have baby in custody

Alex Mitchley

Deliwe Zwakala, who allegedly played a role in her employer's murder, will probably have her baby in custody as the case was postponed yesterday pending the arrest of her two alleged accomplices and the study of forensic evidence.

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

Thohira Mitha was beaten and strangled to death in her Midrand home on December 10. A pregnant Zwakala, Mitha’s domestic worker, was allegedly involved in the crime, along with her boyfriend and two other accomplices, who are still at large.

Zwakala appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning.

The case was postponed to April 15 pending the results of the postmortem, forensic evidence, the arrest of the outstanding suspects and the fact the accused was due to give birth at any time as she is about nine months’ pregnant.

In February, during Zwakala’s unsuccessful bail application, the court heard she had confessed to Mitha’s murder and robbery. She initially made a statement to police in which she denied involvement.

In her confession, however, she said she knew one of the robbers, whom she referred to as “Kulu”. She had met him in a tavern. Zwakala, who also has a four-year-old child, said “Kulu” called her often after giving her a phone and asked where she worked and if Mitha was wealthy.

On the day of the murder, she said, she received a call notifying her “they” were coming. One of the three suspects allegedly grabbed Zwakala, “Kulu” and the other male held Mitha down and asked Zwakala if she wanted to leave with them after the robbery.

She said “Kulu” promised the money taken would be shared with her and she would be called after the robbery to organise a meeting place to collect the spoils.

Zwakala directed police to where stolen laptops were discovered. Her mother handed to police a firearm stolen during the robbery after apparently finding it while destroying the shack Zwakala was staying in.