Induna surrenders

2012-08-29 00:00

THE induna of eMankwanyaneni, near Eshowe, appeared in court yesterday in connection with the murders of six people in a reported clash between clans in the area earlier this month.

Police said Maqhobozela Mthethwa (57) handed himself over to police at Sundumbili, near Mandeni, on Sunday.

Mthethwa appeared in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The case was remanded to September 3 for a bail application.

Two other suspects, the induna's sons — Sibongiseni (25) and Sithembiso Mthethwa (28) — appeared in the court in connection with the murders last Friday.

Their cases were also remanded to September 3 for bail applications. The two were arrested on August 15.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said more arrests in connection with the August 4 incident — in which six people attending a traditional ceremony in the area were killed and 16 were injured — were imminent.

The incident was said to be related to an ongoing feud between two clans.

The massacre led to local residents fleeing the rural area.

The Monday after the weekend killings, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni visited the area.

They appealed to local chief Nkosinathi Zulu and the community to remain calm.

Yesterday, Mchunu welcomed Mthethwa's decison to hand himself over to police.

Mchunu said: “I welcome this self-conscious act and appeal to all those who are involved in this case to do the same.

“This is a reminder that the arm of the law is very long, and be assured that it will reach anyone who is involved in these murders. Police will not rest until the perpetrators are found and brought to book.

“The two arrests made last week shows that our police are working tirelessly to ensure that all criminal elements are brought to book.

“The police are deployed in the area to ensure stability and calm,” said Mchunu.

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