Trial: Zulu royal loses eye in vote violence

2009-07-02 00:00

THE trial for the attempted murder of a Zulu royal, his daughter-in-law and a colleague while they were electioneering in Nongoma for the national elections earlier this year has been adjourned until next week in Ngwelezane Regional Court.

Sibongisini Nyembe is facing three charges of attempted murder after he allegedly shot Prince Zeblon Zulu in the hand, Doris Zulu in the arm and face and attempted to shoot Zandile Sibiya while the three were campaigning for the ANC in Nongoma in the run-up to the April 22 National Election on February 1.

Doris Zulu has subsequently lost the use of her left eye.

On Monday and Tuesday, six state witnesses testified.

Accused Aran Ntombela has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the attempted murders.

The alleged incidents happened when the Inkatha Freedom Party held a rally just a few kilometres from an African National Congress rally outside Nongoma and rival supporters clashed.

Nyembe is being defended by Vusimuzi Sibiya, the same defence attorney who defended the Ulundi election fraud accused Sindisiwe Mncube, who was found guilty on a charge of fraud, three charges of violating the Electoral Act and one charge of corruption last week. Mncube, an electoral officer, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and a further three years suspended.

The case has been adjourned until July 8 for the defence to present its case.

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