Security boss in court for murders

2010-05-01 00:00

A FARM security company boss and a security guard appeared in court in Howick yesterday, in connection with the 2004 murders of two workers on stud farms in the midlands.

Roelf Struwig of Mapogo security company and Themba Zandamela, who appeared briefly in court yesterday, have not yet been asked to plead.

Both men are on bail pending the decision of the director of Public Prosecutions.

The case has been postponed to May 21.

The charges arise from the murders of Simphiwe Trevor Ndlovu at St Ives farm in Howick on June 10, 2004, and Mandla Petros Masango at Rathmor Stud in Nottingham Road on October 5, 2004.

In November, 2008, a 35-year-old Nelspruit man, Lucky Themba Mlangeni, who alleged that he acted at the behest of Struwig, pleaded guilty to killing the two for payment.

Mlangeni alleged that Struwig [who was his boss at the time] said a “client” had a problem with a person on St Ives.

Mlangeni said he met with Struwig and two others (someone named Edward and Zandamela) to discuss how the victim “Trevor” was to be killed.

On the day of the murder, Mlangeni claimed Struwig gave him a firearm, an airtime voucher, petrol money and a white Bantam vehicle to use. He said he and accomplices set up an ambush.

“When he [Ndlovu] came in the motor vehicle, I approached him with the firearm in my hand … I pointed the firearm at him and fired two shots at his torso.”

Mlangeni said he later called Struwig to tell him the “work had been done”.

He and his two accomplices were paid R5 000.

Mlangeni said at his trial that the murder at Rathmor Stud was also spearheaded by Struwig at the request of a client, who had a problem with a person selling liquor on the farm.

Mlangeni said he and Struwig and a person called “Rasta” met to discuss how the victim would be killed.

Struwig allegedly provi­ded him with airtime vouchers, petrol money and a grey Bantam vehicle.

Mlangeni picked up Rasta and went to the stud farm to carry out the murder. They drove next to the victim’s vehicle and Mlangeni “fired about five times”.

He said he later called Struwig to tell him the work was done, for which Struwig paid him and Rasta R5 000.

Mlangeni is serving a life sentence for the murders.

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