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State wants lengthy jail term for Zwelethu Mthethwa

Sentencing proceedings were meant to start on Wednesday but Mthethwa's lawyer, William Booth, insisted on having his client released on bail.

FILE: Zwelethu Mthethwa leaves the Western Cape High Court with his lawyer. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Convicted murderer Zwelethu Mthethwa could get a lengthy jail term if the prosecution gets its way.

During his appearance in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday the artist's lawyer asked he be released on bail to sort out his affairs before he is sentenced.

Mthethwa was found guilty of killing sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo.

Sentencing proceedings were meant to start on Wednesday but Mthethwa's lawyer, William Booth, insisted on having his client released on bail.

Booth told the court he was unable to complete a sentencing report due to limited access at Pollsmoor.

He's also argued Mthethwa does not pose a danger to the public and can still contribute to society.

But the State has made it clear it wants the court to impose a lengthy sentence on Mthethwa for what it describes as a serious offence.

Judge Patricia Goliath will make a ruling on the bail application on Friday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)