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Video footage shows accused and deceased fighting at the club

GUILTY: The man accused of stabbing another man to death at a local nightclub because he insulted his manhood, has been convicted on a charge of murder. Mkhuseli Mamane (picture) was found guilty in the Northern Cape High Court of stabbing Bhekithemba Mpalweni to death at Capellos Pub in September last year. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE MAN accused of stabbing another man to death at a local nightclub because he “insulted his manhood”, has been convicted on a charge of murder.

Mkhuseli Mamane was found guilty in the Northern Cape High Court of stabbing Bhekithemba Mpalweni to death at Capello’s Pub in September last year.

Mamane was arrested shortly after the incident, but pleaded not guilty. Although he admitted to stabbing Mpalweni with a knife, he claimed that it was in self-defence and that he had been continuously provoked and threatened by Mpalweni.

He also said that the deceased repeatedly called him a “kwedini”, which refers to an uncircumcised man in isiXhosa,

During the State’s case, video footage from Cappello’s was handed in as evidence and showed Mamane and the deceased fighting at the club, as well as Mamane stabbing the deceased and later walking away from the scene and driving off in his car.

A waiter from Cappello’s, Reabone Monnakgotla, was called as a witness and testified that he had served alcohol to Mamane on the night of the murder.

He also testified that he was talking to Mamane in the outside area of the pub, when the deceased came out of the pub and walked past them.

“The accused followed him, grabbed him around his neck and stabbed him four times – next to his ear, in his forehead, stomach and shoulder,” Monnakgotla testified.

He added that he then called the pub’s bouncer, Lekoma “Big Show” Dikgetsi.

Dikgetsi testified that Monnakgotla shouted that people were fighting and that he then turned around and saw Mamane chasing the deceased and stabbing him with an “okapi knife”.

Mamane testified in his own defence and stated that the deceased had approached the table where he was sitting in Cappello’s and started insulting him.

Mamane said that he later went to the bathroom, where he saw the deceased, who “pushed him and reiterated the same insult” as before, leaving him “very angry”.

He added that the deceased later made the same remark when he passed the bar where he was sitting. Mamane said that he exchanged heated words with the deceased.

Mamane further testified that while he was waiting for a friend to arrive, he again heard the same insult from the deceased when he passed him outside and he then stood up and hit him with his fist.

He said that he then saw that the deceased had a knife and that they wrestled until he managed to get hold of the knife and used it to stab the deceased “in self-defence”.

Mamane testified that he did not remember how many times he stabbed him as “everything happened so fast”.

Acting Judge Ntombizanele Ndlokovane heard argument from the State, asking her to find the accused guilty of premeditated murder, while the defence submitted that the State did not prove intent and urged her to find the accused guilty of culpable homicide.

Ndlokovane said that there was consensus between the State and the defence that the attack was in all probability motivated by earlier encounters and she agreed that there was “motive”.

While handing down judgment, Ndlokovane said that it was clear that Mamane overreacted and exceeded the bounds of self-defence “by a very considerable margin”.

“I am satisfied that the State proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused exceeded the bounds of self-defence and that the accused’s version is not reasonably true and I reject it as false.

“Having regard to the instrument used and the delicate location of the stab wounds, I am satisfied that the accused stabbed the deceased with the intention to murder, dolus directus,” Ndlokovane said before finding Mamane guilty of murder.

Sentencing proceeding are expected to commence in the Northern Cape High Court today.