Police look for info on Sindane

By Drum Digital
02 April 2013

Mpumalanga police have appealed for leads on how Happy Sindane died, spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi said on Tuesday.

"We don't know anything yet," said Hlathi, after Sindane was found dead in Tweefontein on Monday.

"If we arrest the suspect, we get to know the motive," he said.

Sindane appeared to have been stoned to death, but police had no other information or witnesses yet.

Hlathi said tip offs on Sindane's death could be given to Captain Vusi Mahlangu on 082-318-9894, or to Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

Sindane rose to prominence in 2003 when he alleged that he was a white boy who had been kidnapped by black people.

After a four-month inquiry to establish his identity the Bronkhorstspruit Children's Court found in September 2003 that Sindane's real name was Abbey Mziyaye and he was the son of a black domestic worker, Rina Mzayiya.

The court found his father was probably a white man, Henry Nick, who employed Mzayiya in 1984. He was born that year. The whereabouts of both were unknown.

In 2004 Sindane was run over by a minibus and a car when he was lying in the road outside the Sizanani Trust Village place of safety in Bronkhorstspruit, where he lived.

It was not known why he was lying in the road.

Later that year he appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court for malicious damage to property. He was arrested in Marabastad, Pretoria, after he allegedly broke the windows of a taxi with stones.

In 2005 the charges were dropped after the taxi owner told the court he had repaired the damage himself and did not wish to proceed with the case.

He was also awarded a settlement payout by Dulux paint company which used his image in an advertisement "any colour you can think of", which he said was done without his permission.

-by Sapa

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