Suspect acquitted of murder charges

2008-12-14 00:00

One of two men charged with the 2006 murders of a Hammarsdale couple and assault of a six-year-old boy who cried out when he saw his mother being shot at, was acquitted by high court Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner at the close of the state’s case on Friday.

The state failed to produce any evidence linking Simanga Amos Sibiya (29) to the incident.

State witnesses identified Sibiya’s co-accused, Ntokozo Ngcobo (28), as the gunman who fired the fatal shots and who allegedly assaulted the boy, but did not implicate Sibiya.

The trial was postponed to March 19 and will resume in the high court in Durban.

Judge Niles-Duner, who is sitting with an assessor, explained to Ngcobo that even though he chose earlier not to participate in the proceedings after firing his legal aid representative, he now has the opportunity to reconsider his position.

She urged him to obtain professional advice, by either appointing his own representative or approaching the country’s Legal Aid Board.

The judge said he will be provided with a copy of the record of proceedings to date to enable him to prepare.

Ngcobo is charged with the murder of his father, Muziwendoda Aaron Ngcobo, and the father’s common law wife, Cacisile Eunice Zondi.

The state indictment alleges that the motive for the attack was robbery.

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Sanco meets to review strategies

Thamsanqa Magubane

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) will hold its fourth national conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban Westville campus from tomorrow.

The three-day conference will focus on the relevance of Sanco in the new dispensation of a democratic South Africa.

Secretary-general Dumisani Mthalane said the conference will provide the opportunity to reassess the organisation’s strategies.

He said that among the matters to be reviewed is the decision to register members, which is believed to have alienated certain people. Sanco will also look at helping to speed up the process of giving title deeds to rural people.

“It is important that as an organisation we look at our strategies, but most importantly we look at our role in society. During the apartheid era we fought against government and now, with a democratic government, our role is no longer that clear,” said Mthalane.

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