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“My client did not act out of his will” – Matika’s defense

Updated: Aug 3, 2019

The state has called for the denial of bail for Ayanda Matika (50), accused of killing in cold-blood Busisiwe Ngwadla in February 2019 in the couple’s Amalinda flat.

During the third day of the bail application on Tuesday at the East London Magistrate Court, State Prosecutor, Zukiswa Notyawa described the crime as “horrendous”, arguing that Matika is a danger to society owing to his defense that he “snapped and blacked out”.

“The manner in which he killed the deceased, stabbing her 13 times, not calling for medical assistance or the police but rather locking her up in the flat, how do you know that she was not still alive? Instead you left her to die alone while you caught a flight to Cape Town. This convinces us that this is not a man to be trusted with the safety of the public,” said Notyawa in her final argument.

Matika’s defense attorney, Bongani Macingwana called for the release of his client who has been in custody since he was apprehended in March. According to him, the state has not provided enough evidence and that there is no proof that Matika acting out of his own will when he allegedly stabbed Ngwadla. Exceptional circumstances of the case are that Matika is a breadwinner to both his parents, his 27-year-old son and his grandson.

Judgement on the bail application will be handed down on Monday, August 5. His trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

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