Mystery of death plunge deepens

2012-05-30 00:00

A CLOSE friend of bodybuilder Sabelo Magagula, the man who fell to his death at Northdale Hospital on Monday morning, says he is not convinced that the hospital’s account of the incident tells the full story.

Stewart Bradford, operations manager at St Charles College, said: “I was at the crime scene last night [Monday night] and I find it [descriptions of the incident] incredible.”

Magagula, a clerk with Grey’s Hospital, allegedly leapt to his death from a fifth-floor bathroom window at Northdale Hospital’s doctors’ residence.

He was apparently visiting his girlfriend, a doctor, at her sixth-floor flat when another man, Nkosingiphile Wiseman Ngcobo (28), arrived and tried to enter the room.

When the doctor, Senzekile Shazi, refused to open the door, Ngcobo apparently broke a glass door and entered.

Northdale Hospital spokesperson Mandisa Dlamini said the two men confronted one another, after which Magagula jumped out of a bathroom window.

Ngcobo appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with housebreaking and robbery.

According to the charge sheet, Ngcobo was found in possession of Magagula’s wallet when arrested.

Ngcobo was remanded, with the state saying it intended to oppose his bail application.

Bradford, who yesterday described Magagula as one of Pietermaritzburg’s rising bodybuilding stars, said he had many questions over his friend’s death.

“The lady’s room is on the sixth floor, but apparently he ran down the stairs to the fifth floor and then jumped out of the bathroom window.

“Why did he not just keep running down the stairs? The window in the bathroom has more broken glass on the inside than on the outside, and there is no blood. In my opinion, the window is also far too small and high for Sabelo to fit through.”

Bradford said he found it odd that there was blood on the floor in the flat but not in the bathroom.

“The position and distance of the body from the window is too far to comprehend.

Bradford said Magagula would be missed by patrons of Virgin Active Cascades.

The investigation officer, Lieutenant Sizwe Makhathi, said they were still probing the incident and it was too early to comment further.

Magagula was originally from Mtubatuba and had moved to Pietermaritzburg for work reasons. Grey’s Hospital spokesperson Zamo Mtungwa said a memorial service would be held at the hospital chapel at 12.45 pm tomorrow.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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