2 charged with murder of Mpumalanga govt employee

2017-01-04 16:39
Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Ermelo - Two men have been charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly strangling a government employee and shooting another during a robbery in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

Sithembiso Ndaba, 24, and Ayanda Mahlobo, 24, appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly killing Rofhiwa Tshifhango, 38, and shooting his colleague Mandla Mahlangu, 32 - who is in hospital - on November 29 2016.

Both Tshifhango and Mahlangu worked at the provincial Department of Public Works.

The suspects were charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, and theft of a motor vehicle.

The case against them was postponed to January 10 for a bail application.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, it is alleged that the victims were at Tshifhango’s house in Ermelo, when they were confronted by the suspects.


"Both men were assaulted and the house ransacked, before they were loaded into the back of Tshifhango’s Audi A4, which was later found deserted approximately 5km away from the farm were the victims were discovered," said Hlathi.

"According to information, Tshifhango was allegedly strangled to death, [while] Nkosi was shot several times and left for dead. The victims were discovered on the farm Spitzkop, which is approximately 9km from Ermelo. Unfortunately, Tshifhango had already died and Nkosi survived the tragedy, however, is still in hospital."

Hlathi said, following a police investigation, the suspects were arrested in Kriel on Thursday, December 29, and items believed to have been stolen from Tshifhango were found in their possession.

Spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Department of Public Works, David Nkambule, sent his condolences to Tshifhango's family and said his death was a great loss to the department.

"The loss of any employee is terrible and we hope that justice will be served to the perpetrators. We commend the police for their good work in catching the culprits and bringing them to book," said Nkambule.

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