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Charges struck off roll after murder accused’s suicide

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Siyanda Gxwati, who was accused of killing his former girlfriend, Refilwe “Fifi” Letebele, killed himself before the trial could start.

Siyanda Gxwati. Picture: Danie van der Lith

CHARGES against former city rugby player Siyanda Gxwati, who was accused of killing his former girlfriend, Refilwe “Fifi” Letebele, by stabbing her several times and slitting her throat at her family home in Barkly Road, Kimberley in 2018, have been scrapped.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Northern Cape said on Tuesday that the charges against Gxwati had been struck off the roll following the accused’s suicide at his parental home in Bloemfontein last week.

NPA spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoane said they have received Gxwati’s death certificate and the matter was struck off the roll.

“The new developments were presented to the Presiding Judge in the Northern Cape High Court and the matter was then struck off the roll,” said Senokoane.

Gxwati was expected to appear in the Northern Cape High court on Monday, March 8, 2021 for the continuation of his murder trial.

He, however, killed himself about a week before the trial by hanging himself inside the garage at his parent’s home.

Gxwati’s body was discovered by his nephew on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3.10pm.

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