Struwig did order killing — accomplice

2013-04-04 00:00

ANOTHER self-confessed accomplice to the 2004 murder of a farm worker in Howick testified yesterday that he had acted on the orders of his security company boss, Rudolph Struwig (49).

Themba Zandamela has been offered indemnity over the murder of Simphiwe Trevor Ndlovu and attempted murder of Ndlovu’s son, Dennis, in June 2004, provided the court is satisfied with his evidence.

Like convicted killer Lucky Mlangeni, Zandamela also testified that he and his accomplices met the owner of the farm concerned before carrying out the murder.

Zandamela said he did not know ­Ndlovu or his son and only came to know his name following his arrest in connection with the murder in 2007.

He said that after the shooting, he and his accomplices, Edward Masango and Lucky Mlangeni, had returned to the Ladysmith flat where they were accommodated by Struwig.

He said Masango and Mlangeni left briefly and returned with a bottle of liquor they said had come from Struwig.

The next day Struwig gave them an envelope containing money “for the job we had done in Howick”.

“If I am not mistaken, it was R5 000,” he said.

Zandamela said his share was R1 300.

He said he did not think Mlangeni was serious when he first told him and Masango that Struwig wanted them to kill someone who was “causing trouble” on a farm.

But the next day Struwig asked the trio to remain behind after a meeting and asked if Mlangeni had explained to them that someone in Howick had to be shot.

“I was shocked … if someone had done wrong on a farm we normally beat that person up, but we had never killed a person before,” he said.

Zandamela, like Mlangeni, testified that the firearm used to commit the murder was supplied by Struwig and that they used his Bantam bakkie.

The first attempt to shoot Ndlovu was aborted when he failed to emerge from the farm. The next evening they returned and carried out “the job”.

Zandamela said Masango had dropped him and Mlangeni at the entrance to the farm where they hid behind one of two pillars.

When the vehicle Ndlovu was in slowed down to enter the grounds, Mlangeni fired in rapid succession at the vehicle.

Zandamela said he had his 9 mm pistol but he did not fire any shots.

The case is proceeding.

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