WHEN Jacob Lepule and his twin brother, Jerry, found out who had killed their father, they allegedly hired two hitmen to help them hunt the murderers.
The killers were apparently found drinking beer at Eric’s Tavern in Finetown, Joburg and were gunned down.
This is according to a statement allegedly made by one of the accused. Parts of the statement were read out in the South Gauteng High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Ekurhuleni yesterday.
Jacob (28) and Jerry Lapule (28), Thabiso Nyama (33) and Jabulani Gcaba (24) appeared for the murders of Siphosakhe Dlamini, Lememane Mokhele, Vusi Mokhele and Xolane Fiva. They are facing four charges of murder, four of attempted murder and of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
In the statement, Thabiso said he was with Jacob at the tavern when a man called Papatjie told him who had killed his father. The two of them then went to pick up Jerry, who was at a mechanic having his taxi fixed.
The three called Jabulani, who was a hitman, and drove to his place in Jerry’s car. Jabulani came out with his revolver and they went to get an AK47 and two more pistols from a man called Mmusi. Jabulani joined them later.
He said when they arrived at the tavern they parked the taxi outside and waited for the killers to come out, but they never did. Jabulani then opened the taxi door and said he was going inside.
“They were sitting down drinking beer. We just shot at them,” the statement read out in court said.
However, the State claimed the accused shot randomly at patrons. The fifth man, known only as Mmusi, was never arrested.