State provisionally withdraws case against alleged Gardee killers

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The Mpumalanga Division of the High Court in Mbombela has provisionally withdrawn the case of murder against four men accused of murder of Hillary Gardee.

The matter was provisionally withdrawn after the State Prosecutor told the court that a witness could not be found.

Philemon Lukhele, Sipho Mkhatshwa, Mduduzi Gama and Rassie Nkuna were accused and arrested for alleged involvement in Gardee’s killing, who was the daughter of former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Secretary-General, Godrich Gardee.

She was allegedly kidnapped and her body later found in a plantation outside Mbombela in 2022.

One of the accused, Lukhele, is out on bail while the other three accused are in police custody.

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