Court erupts in disgust as judge postpones ‘axe-murderer’ case

2011-08-04 08:53

There was pandemonium in the Durban Magistrates Court this morning when angry family members and friends of the victims of alleged axe murderer Joseph Ntshongwana reacted to yet another adjournment in the high profile murder case.

The group of family members shouted their disgust when Magistrate Anita Naidoo adjourned the case until August 25 for a final report from the mental institution where Ntshongwana (33) is undergoing observation to see if he is fit to stand trial.

The group sang and toyi-toyied outside the courtroom in the parking lot for several hours after the adjournment, demanding that he be brought to trial quickly.

“This is unfair. We are so disappointed,” said Fikile Mkhwanazi, whose fianceé, Ndoda Hlongwa, was one of the former Blue Bulls flanker’s three alleged victims.

“I am running out of money to keep on coming here to be told that there is no decision yet. This is wrong. We take time off work to come here for nothing.’’

Ntshongwana, who has a history of mental illness and had spent time in institutions across the country for several years, allegedly killed the three people with an axe during a two-week murder spree in south Durban.

If he is found fit to stand trial, the case will be moved to the Durban High Court after the current adjournment.

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