Man killed ‘troublemaker’

2008-11-09 00:00

A 48-year-old man from Umzinkulu, Mxolisi Shoes Dlamini, pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to the murder of a man he described as a “troublemaker”, who allegedly insulted him on a regular basis, and said he believed the community would be better off if he were dead.

The victim, Meshack Mjoli, was stabbed with a sharpened iron rod, struck with a bushknife and a grass slasher and his throat was cut while asleep at home on December 11, 2007, according to Dlamini’s statement, which was accepted by Judge Nompumelelo Radebe and two assessors.

Dlamini said he was woken that night by Mjoli, who was “screaming obscenities” at people in the area. He claimed Mjoli singled him out and called him by his mother’s private parts.

He became incensed and decided to kill Mjoli. He enlisted the support of two other people who accompanied him. He was armed with a stick and sharpened iron rod. Dalumuzi Xaba had a bushknife and Mfana Richard Nxumalo carried a grass slasher and a knife.

They found Mjoli sleeping on his bed in his unlocked house and attacked him.

Dlamini said he did not know how many times each of them struck Mjoli. Eventually he lay on the ground unmoving and Xaba said he was dead.

“Thereafter, I used Nxumalo’s knife to slit his throat,” he said.

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