Hillary Gardee's kidnapping was allegedly planned months before she was abducted while shopping with her adoptive daughter in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. Hillary Gardee, the 28-year-old daughter of former EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee, died over the weekend. Philemon Lukhele, 47, Albert Mduduzi Gama, 52, and Sipho Lawrence Mkhatshwa, 39, were charged with rape, murder, kidnapping, and possession of an unlicensed rifle and ammunition before the Nelspruit magistrate's court on Monday.
Her kidnapping was planned as early as late January, according to an extra accusation of conspiracy to commit murder. The three men reportedly plotted to murder Gardee between January 22 and April 28, shortly before his body was discovered outside Mbombela, according to the charge sheet given in court. She had been beaten up and had been shot in the head.
When the matter goes to court, more information regarding the alleged murder plot is expected to be uncovered. Lukhele, also known as Mhlabunzima and the owner of a guest home in Mbombela, was a senior manager responsible for communications and research in the ANC's Mpumalanga legislature office, according to TimesLIVE. When Lukhele and his co-accused appeared in court for the first time on Monday, they chose not to ask for bail.
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