The South Gauteng High Court rejected his version that it was the mother of his child‚ Kgomotso‚ who killed Mary-Lee and forced him to help cover up the crime.
Khoza was arrested for the killing in October 2014. He was 22 at the time.
They had made plans to meet that day but when Mary-Lee didn’t return home‚ her brother Aryton called Khoza to ask about her whereabouts.
Throughout the trial‚ Khoza denied committing the crime.
He claimed Masemola was in a fit of rage when he found Macumbe at his home in Troyeville.
She stabbed Macumbe and threatened to kill his daughter and mother if he didn’t help her cover up the crime‚ he alleged.
Khoza said the two of them wrapped her body in a carpet‚ cleaned the floor and walls and burnt their bloodied clothes.
He further claimed that the next day‚ a friend helped him load the body into the boot of her vehicle.
They drove around until the car ran out of fuel and they dumped it.
Khoza’s mother‚ Nozipho‚ told TimesLive several weeks ago that she believed that not a single one of the stab wounds on Macumbe’s body came from her son.
“Whoever did this thing was very angry‚” Nozipho Khoza had told reporters during her son’s appearance last month.
She sympathised with Mary-Lee’s mother.
“I know how she feels but unfortunately‚ I cannot undo it‚” she said‚ bursting into tears.
“Now I have also lost Percy.”
Meanwhile‚ TimesLive stumbled across a Facebook page under Percy Khoza’s name containing many pictures of Khoza and his daughter.
The user of the profile had also given some details on the trial and even posted an apology to Mary-Lee‚ in which he claimed he failed to protect her.
Last month‚ TimesLive contacted Khoza’s lawyer‚ Elna Moolman‚ to ask whether she was aware of the account. She said she knew nothing about it.
His friends‚ who have religiously attended court proceedings‚ also denied knowing anything about the profile and provided varying explanations of how someone else could be posting on his page.
The Facebook page‚ however‚ was removed just hours after TimesLive enquired about its activity.
– TMG Digital