Man who hacked father, granny to be sent for mental assessment

2013-04-09 15:50

The 28-year-old man who allegedly hacked two of his relatives to death and attacked a stranger in an unrelated incident is a dagga user with no history of mental illness, the court has heard.

Dumisani Mtshali will be sent for a mental assessment ahead of his appearance for a formal bail application in the Pinetown Magistrates’ Court next week.

Mtshali allegedly attacked his father, Joseph Mdletshe (59), and his grandmother, Lubani Mdletshe (89), with a bush knife on the eve of Good Friday.

Thereafter, he allegedly walked about 2km to the Shozi homestead, wearing only his underwear, where he attacked Bhekokwakhe Shozi (64).

Shozi, who claims not to know the accused, was allegedly able to block a blow aimed for his head.

He sustained injuries to his arm, but has since been released from hospital.

Mtshali’s lawyer told the court today that she has had difficulty engaging with her client and requested that he be assessed mentally.

Mtshali’s sister, Philisiwe Mthembu (36), told the court that she did not know whether her brother was on harder drugs but said he was a dagga smoker.

Mthembu said her brother did not have a history of mental illness. She said she was not aware of him ever being on medication for mental illness either.

The state has indicated that it would oppose bail.

Zama Cele, one of the community members who came to show her support for the Mdletshe family, said, as a community, they did not want Mtshali out on bail.

“People are angry and, if he is released, people are bound to take the law into their own hands,” she said.

“People are scared to have him back in the community in case he does this again. My son refuses for me to send him anywhere, even to the kitchen at night. He is petrified. He says he (the accused) will kill him,” said Cele.

The Kwandengezi community has been putting money together to hire taxis to attend the case.

But many of them were chased out of court today after all the seats were taken up and they tried to sit on the floor.

Many said they were shocked by the murders since Mtshali was quiet and respectful.

They said he did not have friends and kept to himself.

His father and grandmother were buried on Saturday.

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