October 19 2006 at 08:46AM
A 17-year-old Gauteng schoolgirl is expected to reveal details in the Ramsgate High Court today about how she and her friend were attacked while walking back to their flat from a nightclub in Margate, where they were on holiday.
The teenagers had gone down an alleyway leading to the beach, but two knife-wielding men lay in wait.
Zelne Maritz was stabbed in the arm. She survived the attack, but her friendl, 16-year-old Kalin Jooste, of Carletonville, was stabbed in the neck.
She managed to walk only a few paces before she collapsed and died.
In their haste to flee, their attackers took only Maritz's handbag and left Jooste's belongings on the pavement.
The crime, just five days before Christmas, rocked the South Coast town and immediately led to improved security.
The two men accused of the crime, Vukile Sinama and Thembile Pilisi, were both originally from Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape, but they had moved to the Margate area.
Sinama is serving a three-year sentence for escaping from custody after he was arrested on the murder charge.
He is being held at the maximum security prison in Kokstad. Pilisi was only arrested in February after police received a tip-off that he was hiding with relatives in Folweni, near Umbumbulu.
The trial was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, but Judge Jan Hugo adjourned it because the father of one of the defence advocates was undergoing serious surgery and one of the assessors was "stuck in Nairobi".
Maritz's mother has travelled to Ramsgate to support her daughter.
Although listed as a witness, it is believed that Jooste's father, Johannes, is too distraught to attend the trial.
This article was originally published on page 3 of The Mercury on October 19, 2006