Cries of delight in court as murder suspect abandons bid for bail

2014-01-14 00:00

THE man who allegedly strangled FET college student Nompilo Ndlovu (23), burnt and chopped up her body and buried her in a shallow grave over Christmas, yesterday abandoned his bid for bail.

Joyful exclamations by people in the public gallery in court greeted the news that Thamsanqa Justice Tenza (24) of Stage one, Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, had decided against pursuing his bail application.

But the cries of delight were hurriedly suppressed as a court orderly remonstrated with them to “shush”.

Earlier, members of the crowd that thronged to court shouted abuse at Tenza’s departing back as he was led from the dock during an adjournment by the court.

He did not turn around to look at the public gallery.

State prosecutor Rene Padayachee had intended to lead evidence by the police investigating officer in support of the state’s opposition to Tenza’s release on bail but after Tenza chose not to proceed with his application, she asked magistrate Ashin Singh to adjourn the case to February 17 pending further investigations.

Tenza was not asked to plead to the charge that he murdered Ndlovu at Stage one, Imbali, on the night of December 25 to 26.

The court was informed that he does not have any previous convictions nor pending cases against him.

Ndlovu’s hacked and burned body was found in a shallow grave behind Tenza’s room in Imbali on December 26, causing outrage in the community.

Tenza had allegedly been involved in a relationship with her, although members of the community allege that he also had “other girlfriends”.

Ndlovu was enrolled as a student at Msunduzi FET college, studying electrical engineering.

She was also a member of the ANC Youth League in KZN.

The Witness reported that members of the community who were present at Ndlovu’s funeral earlier this month, vowed to work closely with the police to fight abuse of women and children.

Mayor Chris Ndlela, who attended the funeral, described the murder as a “cruel act”, but urged the community to remain calm and to trust the justice system.

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