Police trail musician’s killer(s)

2016-11-16 06:01
The late Peter Nthwane, musician.      Photo: Facebook

The late Peter Nthwane, musician. Photo: Facebook

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The police in the Free State are following leads that could result in the arrest of a suspect or suspects ­responsible for the murder of local jazz musician Peter Nthwane.

He was reportedly attacked and shot dead on Friday (11/11) at his house in Phase 6, Bloemfontein.

Nthandi Mbambo, police spokes­person, said no arrest had been made yet and the police were following every possible lead to trace suspects.

She said Nthwane had been found dead at his house with two bullet wounds, one in the forehead and the other to the left hand.

Mbambo said circumstances surrounding the murder were sketchy and that the motive was unknown.

Nthwane’s live-in partner was taken in for questioning regarding the murder and released afterwards.

A media statement on Facebook hinted that she had learned about the untimely death of her husband via radio and social media because she had been at the couple’s main house in Brandwag.

Nthwane’s murder increases the number of well-known figures who were murdered this year to three.

DJ Bond, real name Thato Booysen, was shot dead in October. He was reportedly shot four times, in the back and chest. Booysen’s alleged killer, Lehlohonolo Cassius Moloele, is currently out on bail of R1 000, granted after he had appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. Moloele faces a charge of murder and is set to re-appear on Wednesday (23/11).

Another figure gunned down earlier this year is former Moroka Swallows stalwart Alfred “Chencha” Helepi, who had been killed at his house in Phahameng, Bloemfontein.

Nthwane’s manager and family spokesperson, Khahliso Pitso, stated that details of the musician’s funeral would be announced once the family had completed arrangements.

Nthwane’s career in the entertainment industry began in the 1970’s when he became a ballroom dancer and succeeded in becoming South African champion in the ballroom and Latin divisions. His passion saw him climb the ladder higher in 1987, becoming producer and director of his own production, Siyababa.

Nthawane launched his music career with the debut album The Beginning of the Road in 2002 and this was followed by Time to Walk on Fire in 2003, which sold over 30 000 copies.

Pitso said this was a milestone by Nthwane, considering he had done this with his management company My Flow records, without involving another party.

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