Facebook account of Mary-Lee Macumbe’s alleged killer disappears after months of activity
Naledi Shange | 2017-02-21 10:16:54.0
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The Facebook account believed to belong to Percy Khoza‚ who is in custody over the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend Mary-Lee Macumbe‚ has disappeared from the social networking site.
The account’s privacy settings may have been changed or the account may have been deactivated. The account had been active for months until Monday evening when TMG Digital inquired from Khoza’s lawyer and friends about how he had access to social media from behind bars.
Khoza’s friends‚ who have supported him throughout his trial at the South Gauteng High Court‚ claimed to know nothing about the page. They instead suggested that someone else could have been posing as Khoza.
The user of the account had shared information about the ongoing murder trial‚ an emotional apology to Macumbe and pictures of Khoza and his three-year-old daughter.
Macumbe was found with numerous stab wounds. Her body had been stuffed into the boot of her car which was later dumped on Jules Street in Malvern‚ Johannesburg.
Khoza was arrested for her murder several days later.
One of the last publicly visible posts from the Facebook account was at the weekend where the user wrote: “On Monday I’ll be going to court. I’m still on trial for the murder case of Mary-Lee in October 2014.
“I’ve created a group on Whats’s App called ‘Confession on Monday’. Inbox me your number and I’ll add you in it.”
The Facebook page was also followed by Macumbe’s family‚ who came to court on Monday hoping to hear his confession and how he murdered her.
Instead‚ when delivering closing arguments‚ Khoza’s lawyer Elna Moolman stuck to the murder accused’s version that it was his then-girlfriend‚ Kgomotso Masemola‚ who had killed Macumbe in a fit of rage.
Moolman said her client had helped to clean up the murder scene and dispose of the body because he was threatened by Masemola. Moolman later told TMG Digital that she too had been unaware of the account. Asked whether Khoza had intended to deliver a confession on Monday‚ as written in the Facebook post‚ she said Khoza had intended to issue an apology.
She had advised him he would have a chance to address the court later.
In another post uploaded in November‚ Khoza had put up a picture of Macumbe and apologised for failing to protect her.
“I’m sorry I was a coward to help you out. I wasn’t man enough to stand up for you. I reacted in an abnormal way because I was in so much shock and disbelief. I felt like my head didn’t function after witnessing such trauma. I’m so sorry. At times I question my manhood because I couldn’t protect you.”
Khoza returns to court on March 10 when judgment will be handed down.