Revenge claims the life of killer

2010-08-24 00:00

IN an apparent revenge attack, a Pietermaritzburg man has killed his son’s 32-year-old murderer.

Residents of Swapo informal settlement near Copesville described the incident, in which Melusi Ndlovu was killed at about 2.30 pm on Sunday, as due to the slow turning of the wheels of justice.

They said that had Ndlovu’s appeal against his murder conviction been fast-tracked, he would be alive and in jail.

The original killing occurred in 2007 and Ndlovu was sentenced earlier this year to 12 years’ imprisonment.

It is believed that the suspect in the Ndlovu’s murder was given a suspended sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment for attempting to murder his brother, Lucky Ndlovu, in a revenge attack on the day of the original murder.

Sunday’s murder is said to be the culmination of a quarrel on February 3, 2007, between Melusi Ndlovu and the suspect’s 23-year-old son at Ndlovu’s Bellas shop. It is alleged that the suspect’s son went to Ndlovu’s homestead, where he smashed the windows.

When Ndlovu heard about the attack, he rushed home and shot and killed the suspect’s son.

It is alleged that the suspect reacted to the murder of his son by torching Ndlovu’s shop and shooting Lucky in the arm.

Neighbours say that the suspect kept a low profile until Sunday.

They said that after the murder the suspect was seen walking in the area with what they described as the murder weapon.

It is alleged that Ndlovu and a relative were walking in the area when the 47-year-old suspect, who was arrested at about 9.30 pm, shot at them. The relative was unhurt as he dived for cover.

“As we were busy grieving around Melusi’s body, this man [the murder suspect] was seen walking around with the machine gun on his shoulder,” said Ndlovu’s relative, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being attacked.

Ndlovu and the suspected murderer lived only a few homesteads apart.

Another of Ndlovu’s relatives said he was present when the latest attack happened, but he could not give too much detail as he was still shaken.

“I wish I could talk about what happened, but for now I’m still scared that this man’s family members will come after me. I want to go home to take a nap to relax my mind,” said the relative after he had been at Mountain Rise police station to give a statement.

It is alleged that at about 2.10 pm the suspect came across Ndlovu and his relatives and asked them if they had seen his goats.

He allegedly fired a shot at Ndlovu, who fell to the ground, then came closer and finished him off with several bullets.

It is believed that the man, who fled after the shooting, was arrested as he was walking towards Mountain Rise police station, apparently to hand himself over, on Sunday evening.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that Ndlovu had been out on bail pending his appeal.

He worked as a security guard to support his five children, including a one-year-old daughter.

“It is believed that the 47-year-old arrested suspect was also previously convicted for attempted murder, after he shot [Lucky] Ndlovu in the arm on February 3, 2007. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment … suspended for five years,” said Jeevan.

She said the suspect was found in possession of a licensed 9 mm Norinco pistol. She said the firearm has been confiscated for ballistic analysis to establish if it is the murder weapon.

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