NATIONL NEWS - A former municipal official and her husband will know their fate after lunch on Thursday, when the Bloemfontein High Court delivers sentence for the murder of Naledi mayor Motlantsi “Joko” Motloi.
Free State Judge President HM Musi heard argument for mitigating circumstances and postponed the case to 2pm on Thursday for sentencing.
Earlier, he found Caroline Mokgothu and her paramedic husband James Mokgothu guilty for the murder of the ANC-appointed Motloi at his Wepener home in the eastern Free State in May last year.
Musi also held that State witness Sabata Potele, who was allegedly a co-schemer in the murder plot, would not receive indemnity for his part in the murder plot.
He was kept in the witness protection programme until now.
Musi held that Potele did not convince the court on the qualifying aspects of answering questions in a frank and honest way for a discharge.
Both the State and the defence counsel for the Mokgothu couple agreed in Potele's matter. The State would now have to decide what to charge Potele with in relation to the Motloi murder.
The assassin in the Motloi murder, Senowe Khaka, 28, from Lesotho, admitted to the murder in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment in a separate trial.
At the time of Motloi's murder the municipality had been plagued by infighting between councillors, municipal officials and workers since 2006.
The Free State government disbanded the Naledi town council, based in Dewetsdorp, soon after the killing and appointed an administrator until elections could be held.
On Thursday, a group of ANC supporters gathered outside court. Many women were in ANC Women's League dress while others were wearing party paraphernalia.
The group was addressed by ANC regional secretary Pasela Nompondo who informed them about the morning's court session.