Witnesses: Malunga murder

2012-10-22 00:00

TWO of the people arrested in the latest South Coast ANC killings will testify against the third, the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday.

Magistrate Karen Scheepers told Alex Mbhele, 14 witnesses would testify against him during his trial, which will start on November 5 in the Scottburgh high court. Among the witnesses will be Samuel Cele and Sfiso Khumalo, who were also arrested for the murders of ANC Youth League branch chairperson Dumisani Malunga and party member Bheki Chiliza.

Khumalo pleaded guilty to Malunga’s murder and was sentenced to 22 years while Chiliza is still awaiting trial.

Khumalo said during his trial that he planned to eliminate Malunga as they were vying for the same position in the November 7 by-election.

At Friday’s hearing, Mbhele cancelled his bail application.

He, however, asked to have his identity document returned to him, which was denied.

“Your identity (document) is in police custody,” said Scheepers.

“They say they still need to use it for their investigation, so I am not going to order them to give it back to you.”

Heavily-armed police monitored ANC members who packed the courtroom and sang outside the court, where their leaders addressed them about their transport to Scottburgh for the trial next month.

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