Mom 'lied about cause of son's death'

2011-01-21 11:07
Durban - The body of a man will be exhumed in Nongoma after it emerged his mother allegedly lied about the cause of his death, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

“The mother told the police that the boy was struck by firecrackers, but it has since emerged that she lied,” said Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.

On Christmas day, two brothers, aged 24 and 26, were playing music and lighting firecrackers at their Nongoma home when a fight broke out.

“One of them allegedly struck his brother with a radio speaker on the head. The mother allegedly decided to lie to the police to protect her son from being arrested for the murder,” she said.

The woman, 66, hurriedly organised the funeral.

Wound

“We have been told that they did not even use a casket to bury him because they were in a hurry.”

Mbhele said the police were alerted by people who attended the funeral, who said the fatal wound did not look it had been caused by a firecracker.

“We have arrested both the alleged killer and the mother. The boy is charged for murder and the mother for defeating the ends of justice.”

Both were expected to apply for bail in the Nongoma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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