Actress Amanda Manku. Image via Instagram @amanda_manku

Actress Amanda Manku. Image via Instagram @amanda_manku

Amanda Manku’s father denied bail in mother, granny’s murders

The father of SuperSport presenter and ‘Skeem Saam’ actress, Amanda Manku, will make his next court appearance in May.

Actress Amanda Manku. Image via Instagram @amanda_manku

Actress Amanda Manku. Image via Instagram @amanda_manku

William Manku, the father of Skeem Saam actress Amanda Manku, was denied bail at the Magatle Magistrates Court on Thursday.


According to ZiMoja, Manku (who us a police captain) will be back in court on 2 May.

Manku (53), his girlfriend Nonhlanhla Ngubo (42) and David Khoza (40) were arrested in January in connection with Gladys Manku, and her mother Lettie Maphuthuma’s murders in May 2021.

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In an affidavit, Manku said he wanted to be released on bail to tender his resignation as a police officer at Magatle Police Station. This is according to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi who further revealed that 70-year-old Maphuthuma and her 45-year-old daughter were shot dead by unknown suspects while fetching water at a local tap.

“At the time, Amanda’s grandmother was also in company of her son who was injured during the shooting and survived. After the murders, the police started with the investigations that identified the suspects and subsequent arrests were affected.”

Malabi-Dzhangifurther said that the firearms confiscated during the arrests will be subject to a ballistic test.

“The motor vehicle which was used to commit the crimes and a phone belonging to Amanda’s mother were also seized,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.

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According to the investigation officer in the case, Manku confessed that he found people to kill Maphuthuma and drove with them to show them where she lived.

“He then pointed to his mother-in-law’s house, and they returned to Gauteng. The hitmen came back on their own as he had given them instructions to kill his mother-in-law,” the investigator said.

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When “the job was done”, the hitmen called Manku to let him know that they had killed two people instead of one.

Manku reportedly made payments to the hitmen.

Charges against Manku’s girlfriend, Ngubo, who is a police sergeant, were withdrawn. Meanwhile, Khoza, who is a human, abobdibed his bail application.