‘I want my brother’s head’

2011-04-16 17:46

The family of one of the men ­allegedly beheaded by Durban ­“axeman” Joseph Ntshongwana has been forced to bury him ­without his head.

Now Excellent Mkhize’s brother, Zamokhule, wants to see Ntshongwana – currently undergoing ­psychiatric evaluation at the Fort ­Napier mental hospital near ­Pietermaritzburg – to find out where his sibling’s missing head and heart are so that they can lay him to rest properly.

Last week, Mkhize arrived at the Durban Magistrates Court to try and quiz Ntshongwana (34) about the missing body parts, but could not because the alleged killer got into a frenzy and had to be escorted from the courtroom and taken to Westville Prison’s hospital ­section.

“He didn’t have to take his head. We want to know where he put it and why he took it. What was he going to do with it,” an angry Mkhize said.

Excellent, who was working as a security guard in Chatsworth, was hacked to death on his way home to nearby Welbedacht on March 15.

His headless body was found ­lying on the side of the road. Mkhize only recognised Excellent’s body from his work uniform when he and other family members were called to the mortuary to identify his remains.

Ntshongwana is facing three counts of murder, one of attempted murder and one of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

On Thursday, he was sent for 30 days’ further psychiatric ­observation to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

While a district surgeon’s report indicated that he was mentally ­capable of understanding the charges against him, his lawyer, Karl van der Merwe, convinced the court that further tests were ­necessary.

He was scheduled to ­appear in court again on May 13.

Mkhize was not happy with the latest developments in the case.

“They are lying. If he was as ­crazy as he says, he couldn’t have planned his killings, he would have killed anyone, at any time,” he said.

“I want to know where he hid these body parts he took. My brother was the breadwinner and his children will starve because of this. We want my brother’s body parts so we can bury them,” he said.

He said Excellent died two days after they had returned from their elder brother’s funeral at Jolivet on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said police had not found Excellent’s head or heart.

“Although the court decided to send Ntshongwana to a mental ­institution, we will continue with our investigation,” said Mdunge.


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