Three months after his arrest, Gardee murder accused says he is still in pain from cop beatings


By phetob@sundaytimes.co.za (Belinda Pheto)

Gama told the court that he believes police wrongfully arrested him as he is not the person they were looking for when they arrived at the guest house where he was working as a security guard.

“When police arrived there, they said they were looking for Khabzela. The people they found told them there is no Khabzela working at any of the three guest houses owned by [Philemon] Lukhele, but they told him that there is a Gama, referring to me. The police then asked to be taken to Gama and that is how I was arrested,” he said.

Lukhele is one of those arrested and charged for Gardee’s murder. 

Gama maintained he knew nothing about the charges brought against him and said he had never met the deceased. He also said he has also never held a firearm in his life and didn’t even know how to operate one.

Gardee, who was the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee, went missing on April 29 after going shopping with her daughter. The three-year-old girl was abandoned a few streets from their home unharmed, while Gardee’s body was found dumped next to a pine plantation 40km outside Mbombela on May 2. She had been shot dead.

Gama’s bail hearing has been adjourned to Thursday.

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