Port Elizabeth – Zolani Sibeko lodged his first bail application in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, arguing that the State did not have a prima facie case against him.
Sibeko is currently a co-accused in the Jayde Panayiotou murder trial.
He is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances.
Christopher Panayiotou is accused of hiring a hitman through a bouncer at his nightclub to have his wife Jayde murdered on April 21, 2015.
Jayde was kidnapped while waiting outside the Stellen Glen complex, Kabega Park, for her lift to work that morning. She was found shot dead in a veld near KwaNobuhle the next day.
She worked as a teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage.
The bouncer, Luthando Siyoni, turned State witness before the trial, but was declared a hostile witness after refusing to answer the State’s questions for two days straight last month.
Panayiotou, Sibeko and co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe have all pleaded not guilty.
Another co-accused, Sizwe Vumazonke, the alleged hitman, died in hospital after slipping into a coma in September, before the trial began.
‘The State doesn’t know what its case is’
Addressing Judge Irma Schoeman on Tuesday, attorney Peter Daubermann argued that the State’s case against his client was based on cellphone and vehicle tracking data, and that the State did not even have a cellphone expert as part of their witness list.
Daubermann said State prosecutor Marius Stander had submitted an affidavit from one Khunelo Vandala, wherein his