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Mpiriri applies for mental evaluation

Ayanda ‘Mpiriri’ Matika (50) bail appeal was denied in the East London Magistrate court today (Friday). In a surprise move in court on Thursday, a chatty and high-spirted Matika applied for mental evaluation. His trial was meant to start today in the High Court.


Thabo Ngwandla, brother of the murder victim Busisiwe Ngwadla (37), has lashed out at the justice system for allowing Matika to run circles around them. “This is yet another delaying tactic, this guy is playing games with the law, with our emotions. There is absolutely nothing wrong with him. Everyday he has a new excuse to avoid going to trial. The state has all the evidence it needs to conclude this case, he confessed in a voice note that the court is in possession of. Instead of sentencing him, they are allowing him to do as he pleases,” said Ngwandla.


He assured that he will take this matter up with the Minister of Justice. His sister was brutally stabbed 13 times by her boyfriend, Matika, in February this year in their flat in Amalinda. Matika testified that he does not remember killing Ngwadla as he suffered from a ‘black out’.

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