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Zimbabwean man defies SA High Court judge, demands to be unchained

SOUTH AFRICA – A Zimbabwean national accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in a fit of rage, argued with a Port Elizabeth High Court judge for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday, demanding that he be unchained.

Port Elizabeth High Court
Port Elizabeth High Court

Trust Tofa’s feet were shackled, chains were draped around his waist, and he was handcuffed.

He demanded that Judge Mandela Makaula order he be unchained so that he could “speak from the heart”.

Robustly addressing Judge Makaula, Tofa also demanded that he be extradited to Zimbabwe.

“It will be better if this matter be transferred to my own country. In my country, they don’t chain me like this.

“I have a lot in my heart I want to tell this court. I can’t express myself being chained like this,” said Tofa.

He made the request to be unchained several times, but Judge Makaula continued to explain that an application would have to be brought before court and Tofa would need to appoint a lawyer.

Judge Makaula asked Tofa several times if he was willing to cooperate and finally instructed him to stand up while addressing the court.

However, Tofa refused, saying: “I can’t stand up if I am chained”.

Tofa, who spoke in Shona, continued to remain seated while addressing Judge Makaula.

In addition, Tofa’s attorney officially withdrew from the case on Tuesday after taking instruction.

“You don’t want to cooperate, I have been patient with you. I have explained for the past 30 minutes whether you decide to have a lawyer or not, you’ve made your bed. I advise that you start cooperating, the matter will proceed with or without you,” said Judge Makaula.

The court was packed with beefed up security from St Albans Correctional Services.

This is not the first time Tofa has displayed disrespect for court proceedings. At his last appearance in September, he refused to appear before court, and then when he eventually did, he demanded that the people sitting in the public gallery be removed.

The state alleges that in November last year, Tofa went to the house of his ex-girlfriend, armed with an iron rod and a knife.

According to the State, Tofa kicked down the door and assaulted his ex-girlfriend while she was asleep. He allegedly slapped and pushed her and then turned to her boyfriend, Godfrey Kumire, and allegedly assaulted him with an iron rod.

The indictment reads that another woman in the house, Phelisa Nana, tried to intervene but Tofa drew a knife and allegedly stabbed her.

According to the State, while Tofa continued to assault Kumire, Nana came back to throw boiling water on Tofa.

In a culmination of events, Tofa allegedly took his ex-girlfriend against her will to a shack in Motherwell, where he raped her twice.

He is facing charges of murder, housebreaking, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and rape.

The case was postponed until November 20 for Tofa to make a decision on legal representation. African News Agency

  • I’m surprised, Zimbabwean men are genetically predisposed to be violent

    • Hehe as much as southafrican men are GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED TO BE RAPISTS AND ARMED ROBBERS

    • Not as much as your South African Men

    • South African prisons are overcrowded with Zimbabwean criminals

    • In every society or nation there are good and bad people. It doesn’t matter which nationality you’re, crime is crime.

    • Tinomamisa zveshuwa. Country yandiri vanototi, don’t mess with that guy. We are animals for sure.
      Vaudzei ndiri mukoma ..lol

    • Racial sister stop it

    • Sipho Khoza…stop showing us your stupidity publicly…You forget that South Africa has the highest crime rate..committed by your nationals…nxaa dont be naive…a fool

    • attention seeking bitch .get a life

    • attention seeking bitch .get a life

    • one condom would have prevented this

    • Its the other way round Sipho Khoza and you know what I mean. Its actually backed by facts and stastics. Rape and guns as well as the daily killings in KZN. Such things do not happen on a daily basis in most African states except there. Instead of pointing fingers at each other or closing the other eye so we do not see the rot in our societies, we better own up, acknowledge the problems existing in our societies and propose solutions. Otherwise we will remain the laughing stock of the world.

    • Dako rako iwe Khoza

    • Sipho Khoza started school at the University of life…Do u have Matric ???

    • Sipho Khoza is a Zimbabwean guy trying by all means to be a South African by hiding behind the South African names he has given himself.

      He is almost on every Zimbabwean social page and commenting on those pages.

  • Savage he must rot in jail.Criminals have no space outside the prison

  • if it is true that he committed those crimes. he is jus wasting court time. ngaangovharirwa zvipere.

  • Black people, why do we kill each other so much?

    • Really? just tell me what happened in Vegas last week!

      • Zimbo Zimbo

        kkkkkkk. good question!

    • Am not talking about Vegas sorry.. Am talking about us here in Africa. I have nothing to do with Vegas. We have our own problems here at home more than Vegas.

    • Humans kill each other all the time. It’s only Africa is natively black.

    • you must be a slut

    • DavidMoyo just because your mom is a slut, it doesn’ t mean that every woman is a slut. Mind your language.

    • I do agree with you Joe Mash if Norah could visit western countries i bet she would change her opinion towards this issue. Whites in SA kill each other as well that teacher in port elizabeth who was killed by her husband in, 2015 just a reminder.

    • Norah Redfern by mentioning Vegas wanted to disassociate the mentality of thinking that only black people kill each other! We no longer have problems limited to Africa now, we have global problems. We have Africans all over the world now even our fellow Zimbabweans.

    • Norah Redfern by mentioning Vegas wanted to disassociate the mentality of thinking that only black people kill each other! We no longer have problems limited to Africa now, we have global problems. We have Africans all over the world now even our fellow Zimbabweans.

    • No comment

    • No comment

    • Ok DumisoBaloyi thanks. I understand. People misundestood me to. But my point was about us blacks. I was meant to say ” why do we kill each other? Why don’ t we love and respect each other?” We can be better than other races.

    • Redfern you are spot on.black pple are still far behind civilisation

    • Norah we all the same its a matter of pigment. Stop continue separate us.

    • U mean the black man who killed 59 pipo and injured 500 ?

  • Me ‘n m’ pals say bullshit dawg and have agreed to disagree with your lousy school of thought.Your utterances are blatant, malicious,far fetched,ridiculous,tantamount to true xenophobic illogical retorts.The opposite is absolutely true,violence is in your peoples history and blood.

  • Let him stand trial in Zim and see if her can argue with the judge.

  • Sipho Khoza is a Zimbabwean guy trying by all means to be a South African by hiding behind the South African names he has given himself.

    He is almost on every Zimbabwean social page and commenting on those pages.

  • He wants to die.

  • Allaz

    Let him come home. We won’t chain his feet but he mustn’t complain when we decide to put a rope around his neck for the murder.

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