Hundreds pack Richards Bay court

2012-10-12 00:00

MORE than 150 residents from Mzingazi, an agri-village outside Richards Bay, packed the Richards Bay Magistrate’s Court yesterday to catch a glimpse of two men accused of murdering a well-known taxi driver.

Extra police officers were called into court to maintain order. After the hearing, the accused were led out in a four-vehicle convoy. While driving slowly through the mass of people, the crowd began to rock the police van before police managed to secure the situation and sped off.

Manqoba Mdletshe (24) and Sanele Buthelezi (22) are accused of murdering Mduduzi Ngema (27) in a failed robbery attempt near his home on September 30.

The case was postponed until Monday for bail application.

Ngema was shot in the stomach and died two days later.

Richards Bay Community Policing Forum chairperson and Mzingazi resident Sharon Mdletshe said her community was “fed up” with crime.

“Criminals have been terrorising our town and they are seldom brought to book. There have been so many murders. We need to send out a message that justice will be brought upon those who commit crime in our area.”

This is the second time the Ngema family has seen tragedy in the last year. According to his mother Velephi Cele, she had a grandchild disappear in December last year, only for his mutilated body to be found with his private parts removed.

“My son was a taxi driver for his cousin and well-liked by everyone. The night he was murdered, he had been watching a soccer match with some friends and was walking home. Over 2 000 people came to his funeral. I just want justice,” said Cele.

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