In a surprising turn of events, which could have been taken straight from a soap opera, the lawyer for Isibaya actress Zinhle Mabena claims she a victim of intimidation

Zinhle Mabena’s lawyer, Joshua Lazarus of Shapiro and Ledwaba Incorporated issued a statement shortly after news of Mabena’s arrest went viral on Wednesday. Lazarus claims that Mabena was unlawfully arrested, and “has been subject to a lot of intimidation and scrutiny by an individual known to her and who has been trying to damage her reputation and ethics.”

At the time of her arrest, police issued a statement to say:

“A 29-year old female suspect is set to make a first appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 following her arrest on Tuesday, 16 February 2021, on suspicion of being involved in the attempted murder of her husband and the murder of the husband’s body guard. Following an intensive investigation into the shooting incident that happened on 28 January 2021, police found evidence that linked the woman to the attempted murder and murder case.”

Held against her will

“On the morning of 16 February 2021, Zinhle was arrested and detained by the police and held at Olievenhoutbosch Police Station,” said the statement from Lazarus. “She was held against her will in a cell where she was told she was charged with a case of murder and attempted murder of her husband, Robert Ngwenya.”

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The case was subsequently thrown out of court when Mabena appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate Court in Tshwane on Wednesday, 17 February.

“She was unlawfully taken into custody yesterday but is now a free woman after the NPA declined to place the matter on the roll, because of the preposterous nature of the allegations against our client,” stated Lazarus.

“We can also confirm that nothing plausible was provided to the authorities to link our client to any crime including but not limited to murder or attempted murder or any conspiracy of sought. All these mischievous allegations ironically come from her husband who she has recently filed a divorce against, and against whom our client has obtained an Interim Protection Order.”


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