I wasn’t at the crime scene, I was at KFC, says attempted murder-accused who’s shown court the receipt

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Scores of people outside the Mthatha Magistrate Court.
Scores of people outside the Mthatha Magistrate Court.
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Hundreds of people gathered in and outside the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court, saying Siphiwe Mngxali should be denied bail.

He is charged with theft, business robbery and two counts of attempted murder.

Siphiwe also has a domestic violence charge in the same court.

He is accused of attempting to shoot Fundiswa Mtsolo and Sbu Mtsolo at a house in Fortgale.

He is denying any involvement, saying he was not even in Mthatha at the time.

In his statement, Siphiwe tells the court that he received a call on 28 February from a detective who identified himself as Mr Tshaka from Mthatha Central Police Station.

“I agreed with Mr Tshaka that we would engage in an interview with regards to my statement in this matter in East London on a date and time to be arranged as he was to engage with his superiors about transportation logistics.

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“In that same evening, a helper at my home contacted me and advised me that there are two people who introduced themselves as police investigators from Mthatha and she told me they were looking to arrest me. I must record that the arrangement to meet that day was not communicated and finalized with me,” he says in part.

He phoned his attorney, and the officers told him what charges Siphiwe was facing.

The charges relate to people being at his house in Fortgale, Mthatha, on 26 February 2023 entering and stealing undisclosed items. Siphiwe is accused of being one of those people breaking and entering. He is accused of having a gun and discharging it.

He denies any involvement, saying he was not even in town.

“On the day in question I was in East London as I permanently reside there. I was never in Mthatha on that day. I have an alibi to prove my whereabouts more especially about 20:47 of 26 February – I was at Beacon Bay at KFC purchasing food.

“I attach hereto a copy of the till slip showing the purchase made at KFC. It is apparent from the receipt that the purchase was to the tune of R115.30. The transaction will show in bank statement and the police are urged to obtain video footage of the said date.

“After transacting at KFC, I then went (home) to retire for the day. My version will be corroborated by my vehicle tracker report which reveals the engine was switched off from 21:12 until the next morning at 6:55 in East London.”

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He tells the court that he is the owner of the Fortgale house that was allegedly robbed.

According the charge sheet, two TVs, a remote control, a microwave, a box fridge, a toast maker and an electric kettle were taken.

“I am advised that one cannot, in law, rob that which belongs to himself.

“I record that I have been without a firearm since October 2021 as I handed my firearm to Sergeant Yarente of Cambridge Police Station for safe keeping.”

He also confirms that he does have keys to his Fortgate home and that a “proper investigation” would vindicate him.

“(An investigation) would show a blatant abuse of state resources by those complaining.”

He has been in police custody since 8 March.

According to the court documents, his wife Yolisa Mngxali, is the complainant in the domestic violence charge. The court heard that on 16 January, Yolisa alleges that her estranged husband violated an interim protection order. 

He is facing a separate charge of domestic violence for this instance. The couple do not currently live together. 

The accused recently went viral after his children accused him of violence against his wife, with hundreds of people calling for justice. 

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