Emmanuel Sithole case: Accused found guilty of murder

Images of the killing went viral after the ‘Sunday Times’ published pictures of the attack.

FILE: Four men were arrested after the fatal stabbing of a Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole. Picture: James Oatway/Sunday Times.

JOHANNESBURG - Two men accused of attacking Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole, also known as Emmanual Josias, have been found guilty of murder.

The accused appeared in court in Johannesburg today after they pleaded not guilty to robbing and killing the vendor.

Images of the killing went viral after the Sunday Times published the picture showing the attack.

All three of the accused and a minor have been found guilty of robbing the Mozambican in Alexandra during the height of the xenophobic attacks in April this year.

The 17-year-old was also found guilty of assault.

Sentencing procedures have been set down for the beginning of next month.

Witnesses in the trial told the court that their efforts to intervene in the murder were unsuccessful, adding that the four men took turns trampling on him.

The court also used pictures in the judgment detailing how the four accused were involved in the murder.

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WITNESS WAS AFRAID TO HELP SITHOLE

In June, the Johannesburg Regional court heard how community members tried to intervene when Sithole was attacked by a group of youngsters.

The state's first witness, Sibusiso Mnyandu, described how the Mozambican was beaten and stabbed by four young men in Alexandra.

Mnyandu said he was too scared to intervene because he was worried his life would be in danger as foreigners were being attacked in the township at the time.

However, he said some community members tried to help the 25-year-old.