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Famous Local Artist Found Guilty Of Murdering Sex Worker In Woodstock

Story from: 2oceansvibe.com

You might not have heard of Zwelethu Mthethwa, but he is an acclaimed painter and photographer, with more than 50 solo exhibitions in galleries around the world.

Those include the Museum of Modern Art and the International Centre of Photography, both of which are in New York.

That all becomes kind of irrelevant, though, when you consider the judgment handed down earlier today by Judge Patricia Goliath.

Mthethwa was found guilty of murdering sex worker Nokuphila Khumalo in Woodstock back in 2013, with more here from News24:

Mthethwa, dressed in his usual smart suit, appeared expressionless as judgment was handed down.

During his trial, he exercised his right to remain silent and did not testify.

He also did not hand in a plea explanation.

He might not have spoken, but CCTV footage told its own story:

The footage shows a dark car parking and a man getting out, before striding to the other side of the road.

Shortly afterwards, Kumalo is seen stumbling and falling down.

For 23 seconds, nothing is seen on screen. The footage then shows repetitive, forceful kicking to the middle of her body, as well as slaps and fist blows directed at her head off-screen.

Her fully clothed body lay next to the road for about an hour before it was discovered by a security guard.

Crucial to the State’s prosecution was their allegations that CCTV footage had captured Mthethwa parking his Porsche in Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock.

TimesLive on the Porsche evidence:

Mthethwa was linked to the crime scene through CCTV footage which showed his black Porsche pull up next to Khumalo‚ before the driver exited the vehicle and attacked her.

Mthethwa argued that it was not him in the video‚ and called on “gait” experts to testify that the manner in which the attacker walked did not match his style of walking.

But Goliath in her judgment said that the CCTV footage used in evidence was “unimpeachable”‚ and that the court was convinced that Mthethwa was both the driver of the vehicle and the attacker.

The verdict won’t bring Nokuphile Khumalo back, but at least it’s some sort of admission that sex workers’ lives do actually matter to law enforcement agencies.


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