Esperanza pub killing suspects in court

2011-10-07 00:00

THE two men accused of the murder Sifiso Charles Tshozi (36) appeared in the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Tshozi, of Malangeni, was last seen socialising with two men at a tavern in Esperanza in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said that at some point Tshozi disappeared.

“The two remaining men decided to drive to Umzinto to put fuel in a vehicle belonging to one of them. On the way the driver lost control of the bakkie, which went off the road.”

When the men inspected the damage they noticed a pair of trousers at the back of the bakkie and blood on the fender.

“The men realised that the pants belonged to Tshozi and that something was amiss, which is when they contacted the Umzinto police.”

Pandarum said Constable Skhumbuzo Maphumulo responded to the call and escorted the men back to the tavern.

“They found Tshozi’s body on the roadside about 150 metres away from the tavern.

“He had sustained severe injuries to his head and had bruises and lacerations all over his limbs and body.”

There was also a blood trail leading from the body to the tavern.

The post-mortem revealed that Tshozi died of multiple blunt force injuries.

It appears that he had been murdered between the time he left his companions and just before they left to put fuel in the bakkie.

Prompt investigations by detectives resulted in the arrests of Menzi Yeni (23) and Simon Hlongwane (43), also of Malangeni.

The case has been adjourned until October 12 for a bail application hearing.

Both accused remain in police custody. Investigations are continuing.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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