KZN court hears of IFP attack

2012-11-30 21:08


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Durban - A National Freedom Party leader's son complained to police of an attack by Inkatha Freedom Party supporters almost two hours before the incident took place, the Durban Regional Court was told on Friday.

Mbekizeli Gwala told the court he had fled his father's house on the day Cebesile Shezi was shot near the Thembalihle railway station in KwaMashu, on 6 October.

Mbekizeli was giving evidence in the bail hearing of his father Mgezeni "Bhungu" Gwala, his brother Mjabulelwa, Malusi Sibusiso Ncengwa and Skhumbuzo Nxumalo.

His other brother Bonginhlanhla Gwala, was granted bail earlier.

The five have been charged with the death of Shezi.

Prosecutor Cyril Selebe questioned Mbekizeli as to why the time that police recorded his statement was at 14:20, which according to police, had been almost two hours before the attack which killed Shezi.

Mbekizeli admitted the time was incorrect, but could not explain why the officer who took his statement wrote that time down.

He could also not explain why the officer to whom he had given his statement had not recorded the fact that a window had been broken by the IFP mob which had allegedly surrounded the house.

Supporters of the NFP and the IFP were present at the court, and police controlled access points.

Shezi was killed shortly after Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa addressed IFP supporters at a sports field in KwaMashu, on 6 October.

She had been wearing an IFP T-shirt.

Mthethwa was speaking to the IFP supporters in an attempt to reduce tension in the area after the abduction of IFP councillor Themba Xulu.

Xulu was out on bail at the time for allegedly attempting to burn down Bhungu Gwala's house. He was later found murdered.

The bail hearing was postponed to 3 December.

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