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Four Women Acquitted in Prince Lethukuthula Zulu's Murder Case but Convicted of Theft

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a development that jolted the nation, the Johannesburg high court on Thursday acquitted four women - Tshegofatso Moremane, Margaret Koaile, Portia Mmola and Gontse Tlhoele - on charges of the murder of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the son of late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, as well as possession of drugs. However, they were found guilty of theft, resulting in a revised narrative in this much-publicised case.

Prince Zulu's body was discovered under suspicious circumstances at his residential complex in Northworld, Johannesburg, on November 6, 2020, by security personnel. Accompanying him that night and found unconscious in his room was his friend, Nkosi Msimang. The unfortunate series of events reportedly transpired post a celebration at an entertainment establishment in Randburg. The duo encountered the accused during this outing, where Moremane's birthday was supposedly being celebrated.

"The accused made the decision to continue their festivities at Prince Zulu's residence. It is said that both Prince Zulu and Msimang were left unconscious by the accused, who proceeded to steal household items before fleeing the scene," explained Phindi Mjonondwane, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Upon discovering the unconscious duo and missing items, the police were alerted by a neighbour. Despite best efforts, Prince Zulu was declared dead at the scene. Evidence at the site led the police to the accused, and subsequent investigations resulted in the recovery of some of the stolen items. Additionally, tablets found on Mmola were believed to have been used to drug Msimang. An initial drug-related cause of death was established for the Prince.

Nevertheless, the court found that the State failed to identify the source of the ingested drugs conclusively and the defendants' direct involvement, thus resulting in the acquittal on charges of murder and drug possession. "The NPA will scrutinize the judgement before deciding on further action," added Mjonondwane. Punishment for the theft charge will be given on October 6.

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