Man held over Happy Sindane's murder

2013-04-02 19:21
Happy Sindane (File: Beeld)

Happy Sindane (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Happy Sindane, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday.

"The 58-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in KwaMhlanga on Tuesday and charged with murder," said spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

Sindane was found dead in Tweefontein, next to KwaMhlanga, on Monday.

Police said Sindane appeared to have been stoned to death.

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

After a 4-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.

Sindane 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.

Hlathi would not state whether the police were looking for more suspects.

The man is expected to appear in the KwaMhlanga Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to face a charge of murder.

Read more on:    happy sindane  |  mbombela

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