Murder of Smuts family of 4: farm worker guilty
Mthembu worked for the Smuts on their farm, Modderbult, near Balfour. He admitted in court that he had shot both couples with their own firearm but denied that he had raped Paulina. He said he had sex with her with her consent.
A farm worker was found guilty in the High Court in Delmas on Wednesday by killing four members of the Smuts family of Balfour in Mpumalanga.
Amos Kutu Mthembu, 24, shot dead Gert Smuts, 78, on February 13, 2017, and his wife, Paulina, 43, their son Louis, 47, and daughter-in-law Belinda, 43.
Only Mthembu was found guilty on Tuesday.
He was also charged of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
His co-defendant, Prince Mngomezulu (23), denied all charges, except for a lesser charge of possession of stolen goods.
Acting Judge Thulethu Tonjeni accepted Mthembu’s plea and found him guilty of raping Paulina. She said the evidence on the other charges was so damming it was highly unlikely that he had not also been guilty of rape.
Tonjeni also accepted Mngomezulu’s plea and found him guilty of a charge of possession of stolen goods.