One found guilty of Yona murder

DEMANDING JUSTICE: COPE members anxiously await judgement in the Gerald Yona murder case yesterday. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
DEMANDING JUSTICE: COPE members anxiously await judgement in the Gerald Yona murder case yesterday. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

THERE was a jubilant atmosphere outside the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday before judgment on four men accused of murdering COPE Motherwell zone chairman Velile Gerald Yona in 2009. But only one of the men was found guilty. About 50 COPE supporters started their day singing and dancing as they waited for the judgment on Welcome Qandana, 23, Ayanda Kafile, 21, Bongani Zenzile, 26, and Luthando Mlothana, 26.

All four were charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. All except Mlothana pleaded not guilty.

He submitted a written confession and was found guilty of murdering Yona at his home in NU9 Motherwell on April 22 2009 – national election day.

The crowd who packed the court gallery sat shaking their heads after Judge Nambitha Dambuza explained the reasons for her judgment.

“No evidence was led to me of them [Qandana, Kafile and Zenzile] being associated, nor could a link or identification be established,” she said.

Yona’s wife, Lindiwe, who was visibly upset, said: “Justice has not been served.”

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