The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has issued a directive for the State to seize all camera footage recorded on the day when members of the Sizok’thola TV crew allegedly beat a man to death. Sizok’thola is a widely watched drug-busting reality show on DStv’s Moja Love channel, as reported by Eyewitness News.
The former host of the show, Xolani Khumalo, who is the sole accused in the murder of Robert Varrie, appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court. The incident is said to have occurred during the taping of an unaired episode on 19 July, where Khumalo and his crew allegedly assaulted Varrie. Varrie later succumbed to his injuries after being taken to a nearby hospital.
The State is proceeding to trial in the murder case, extending its focus to Khumalo’s co-workers. State prosecutor Pheelo Vilakazi revealed that witnesses observed three men assaulting Varrie on the day of the incident. All security and production team members present that day are required to undergo an identity parade.
Vilakazi emphasised the importance of obtaining any footage captured by the camera crew, urging it to be submitted as evidence. The NDPP has recommended assigning an experienced prosecutor to lead the investigation and handle the prosecution. The case has been postponed to 22 February to allow the State to conclude its investigations.
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