Mthethwa stands accused of brutally beating and kicking 23-year-old sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo to death in April 2013, on a street in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock. He has pleaded not guilty.
Mthethwa was identified after CCTV footage led police investigators to trace his car. The murder was also reportedly seen by an eyewitness. The photographer has always denied the murder and maintains his innocence.