Muden murder suspects remanded

2010-11-23 00:00

TWO men who appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of the murder of a school principal are alleged to be the same men whom the victim had hired to repair his vehicle.

Xolani Mkhize (25) and Tholinkosi Zakwe (20) now face an additional charge of vehicle theft.

The vehicle is a bakkie that the deceased, Thokozani Ndlovu, had borrowed to drive to Msinga after his own vehicle had broken down.

A third accused, a 27-year-old man, was freed by the court on a charge of being in possession of the stolen bakkie.

Ndlovu, who is from Glencoe in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was the principal of Mahedeni Primary School in Msinga Top outside Greytown.

He was killed in Muden while travelling with the two accused from Greytown to Msinga on November 16.

It is believed that he had collected the two to fix his vehicle in Glencoe.

The three suspects were arrested on November 18. It is believed that as they were travelling through Muden, Mkhize and Zakwe forced Ndlovu to stop the vehicle. They allegedly assaulted him with stones and he died of head injuries.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the police believe that the motive for the murder was the hijacking of the bakkie.

She said Mkhize and Zakwe have been remanded in custody while police continue with the investigation. She was not in a position to explain why the third suspect was released.

Ndlovu’s cousin, Bongani Ntombela, said the family first heard about the news on the day of the murder.

“This was very shocking news. His wife and children are still shocked, especially because the nature of the murder.

“We heard about the incident on Tuesday afternoon from police who were busy collecting information about the incident. It is still unclear as to how he knew the men,” said Ntombela.

He said Ndlovu started teaching at Mahedeni Primary in 1983 and was promoted to principal in 2003.

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