Former City Press Editor Mathata Tsedu’s son is found burnt beyond recognition in the boot of his car


Mulalo Sivhidzho, Avhatakali Netshisaulu's widowMulalo Sivhidzho, Avhatakali Netshisaulu's widow. Source:

Thursday, 7 December 2006

The remains of Avhatakali Netshusaulu, accountant and son of the former City Press editor Mathata Tsedu, were found in the boot of his car after he had been burnt alive in a bush in Honeydew. An expert testified in court that the deceased had high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood which proves that he had been alive when he was burnt. It later came to light that Netshisaulu’s widow Mulalo Sivhidzo had hired two men, Ntambudzeni Matzhenene and Arnold Sello, to kidnap and murder her husband.

In a trial that lasted two years, Sivhidzo and her two co-accused were found guilty of kidnapping, robbery and murder. It was revealed in court that the killers had followed Netshisaulu, forced him off the road, attacked and bundled him in the boot of his car and setting him alight. It was suspected that her motive might have been financial gain and her alleged mental disorders were thought to have played a role as well.

• Seale. L. (2011). ‘Widow only wed for money, court told’ From iol news [online]. Available at: [Accessed 12 November 2011] 
• Mail&Guardian online (2011). ‘Netshisaulu widow, two men guilty of murder’ From Mail&Guardian online [online] Available at [Accessed 12 November 2011]

Last updated : 25-Nov-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 23-Nov-2011