Man shot his own father, says boy

2008-12-09 00:00

A boy who was 12 when he saw his mother and her common-law husband being shot dead at Hammarsdale gave evidence in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday at the trial of two men charged with the murders.

He remained calm and did not flinch while describing the incident.

One of the accused on trial before Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner and an assessor is the son of one of the victims, Nuziwendoda Aaron Ngcobo.

The indictment alleges that Ngcobo and his common-law wife, Cacisile Eunice Zondi, were shot dead and robbed of money by Ngcobo’s son, Ntokozo (28), his co-accused, Simanga Amos Sibiya (29), and two accomplices.

The boy — now aged 14 — identified Ntokozo Ngcobo as the man who fired the shots that killed his own father and the teen’s mother.

He also described how one of the four assailants who had burst into their homestead kicked his younger brother, then six years old, in the face.

“He [the child] was crying because he had noticed blood from my mother,” he said.

The teen said he identified Ntokozo as the gunman even though he wore a balaclava over his face. “I could see his eyes … If you know a person you would be able to recognise that person even if he covered his face. And you would be able to notice the way that he walks,” he said.

He told the court that he awoke on the night of September 15, 2006, to a knock on the door. The callers said they were the police.

The door was kicked open by Ntokozo Ngcobo and four people entered, he told the court.

“Ntokozo told two of his companions to go outside and stand guard. They did. He [Ntokozo] first shot his father. After that he shot my mother,” he testified.

The teen said that Ntokozo pushed his father against a wall before shooting him. According to the indictment Ngcobo sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

He said his mother was shot in the bedroom. After she was shot the first time Ntokozo demanded money and his mother pointed to a suitcase in which they kept money. He put the suitcase on a bed and took the money … he shot my mother in her neck. That was the second time he shot her.

“After he shot my mother in the neck, they then left.”

The boy told the judge that about a six weeks before the murders, Ntokozo had threatened his father during a row.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to four charges of housebreaking and robbery, murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The case is proceeding.

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