By Mbulelo Sisulu
The trial of Odwa Jim Ntlangani, 33, will resume today at the East London High Court.
Ntlangani is facing numerous charges including that of murder and attempted murder which allegedly occurred on July 2017 and August 2016.
In June 2016 Ntlangani and another group of men allegedly gained access to Dongwana farm in Mooiplaas, East London and allegedly stole 16 cattle. The farm belonged to Jason Harold Winrow.
Eastern Cape Division Regional spokesperson, Anelisa Ngcakani, said it is alleged that Ntlangani and his accomplices drove the cattle to a neighbouring farm, Lynmar farm, which belonged to Adelaide Nomalise Kapa.
“The court heard that Ntlangani had a romantic relationship with a woman who was the caretaker of Kapa’s farm and who was raised by Kapa. Kapa had no biological children of her own,” Ngcakani said.
The accused allegedly sold 10 of the cattle to another farmer in the area. The police later recovered all the cattle and Ntlangani was arrested the following day. He escaped while he was in handcuffs and allegedly fled to Cape Town
In August 2016 Ntlangani apparently returned to Lynmar farm. It is alleged that he assaulted Kapa, who was 82-years-old at the time, by hitting her on the head and face with a panga. Three of her fingers on the right hand were amputated.
The prosecution believes that the motive for the attack was that Ntlangani wanted to gain control of the farm as he had the belief that the farm would be inherited by his girlfriend as Kapa had no biological children. In July 2017 Ntlangani allegedly attacked Winrow, shot him with a 9 millimeter caliber pistol and stole his Toyota Hilux bakkie, cellphone and wallet. This was allegedly an attempt to end the stock theft case as Winrow was a key witness.
This is a developing story