THREE Zimbabwean men commonly known as ‘omalayitsha’ and a South African woman, are expected to go for trial at the Palm Ridge High Court in Johannesburg between October 10 and November 4, facing 62 counts of murder, rape, robbery, extortion and assault among other violent crimes committed against fellow countrymen south of the Limpopo.
The four are accused of kidnapping more than 100 Zimbabweans and killing several others including two Harare women. Charles Cecil Brewer (36), alias Boss of Nketa 7 in Bulawayo, his South African wife, Madida Petition Sicelo alias ‘Sister’ (30), Jaheni ‘Satan’ Luphahla (28) of Old Lobengula in Bulawayo and Phathumuzi ‘KK’ Sibanda (27) of Emakhandeni in Bulawayo are accused of committing the offences between May 30 and July 11 2015.
They have been languishing in remand prison since their arrest in July last year, and were denied bail at the Thembisa Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg before the matter was transferred to the higher court. The matter has been dragging on as the accused have been struggling to get a lawyer after they dumped free legal practitioners from the State.
Sources close to the investigations say that, Brewer and his accomplices have been formally charged with 62 counts for crimes ranging from murder, rape, kidnap, assault, robbery, human trafficking and extortion.