The Orkney Magistrates’ Court has postponed the case against ANC MP Sibusiso Kula 34, until October 13, 2023, to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine whether to transfer the matter to the High Court due to its gravity.
Kula was arrested on January 20, 2023, and charged with the murder of his 31-year-old wife, Jennifer Motlomi, in November 2022.
Motlomi was fatally stabbed multiple times at their residence in Kanana township outside Orkney, North West.
Kula’s legal representative expressed disagreement with any further delay, citing unreasonable postponements on the part of the state.
The state, in response, stated that earlier postponements were due to incomplete investigations, which have since been concluded, and they are prepared to act upon the awaited instructions from the DPP.
As per the High Court’s bail conditions, Kula was provided with a list of witnesses.
He is currently out on R50,000 bail, granted by the North West High Court after appealing the Orkney Magistrates’ Court’s decision to deny him bail.
Kula has been instructed to surrender his passports, report twice daily to the nearest police station to present his work itinerary, report to the investigating officer if he is moving outside his residential jurisdiction, and avoid any direct or indirect contact with his children.
According to North West National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Henry, the court had previously dismissed Kula’s attempt to have the case struck off the roll.
Police reports indicate that Kula’s wife, Jennifer Motlomi, was found dead on November 27, 2022, with a stab wound on her back, and the murder weapon is still missing.
The incident was reported by the medical facility where she was allegedly taken by the accused for treatment.
Kula informed the police that he was not present at his home when the incident occurred.
After a thorough investigation by the police, he was linked to the murder and arrested and charged on January 20,