22 in court for killing family of five

By Drum Digital
13 August 2013

Twenty-two men accused of killing a family of five in a petrol bomb attack at a homestead in Mbongolwane, near Eshowe, were denied bail on Monday.

There were several children among those that appeared in the Inkanyezi District Court, near Eshowe.

The court was told the investigating officer was having trouble verifying the accused's addresses, one of the requirements for getting bail, as their families had fled the area.

The matter was postponed to August 21. The adults would remain in custody. The children were at youth detention centres.

All face five murder charges, three of attempted murder, one of arson, and one of malicious damage to property.

The adult accused are Lucky Nzuza, 30, Khiswa Nzuza, 33, Samkelo Mhlongo, 25, Nkanyiso Magwaza, 28, Tholithemba Shandu, 25, Sibusiso Mkwanyana, 36, Gideon Zulu, 74, Muzi Gcabashe, 32, Thomas Shandu, 28, Ntokozo Mathe, 32, Philani Zuma, 24, Mthdeni Gcabashe, 31, Xolani Goqo, 19, Musa Majozi, 23, Nhlankanipho Zuma, 20, Spephephelo Dlamini, 21, and Sandile Nene, 23.

The rest are minors who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Four houses at the homestead in the Mbongolwane area were set alight around 8pm on Saturday, July 27. Thulisile Mnyango, 50, Cebile Mnyango, 21, Lungelo Mnyango, 17, Mlamuli Mnyango, 10, and two-year-old Qiniso Mnyango, died in one of the houses. Three people escaped.

Two cows were stabbed to death.

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