Pastor appears in connection with vigilante murder

2015-07-17 20:03


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Mbombela - An Mpumalanga pastor has appeared in court in connection with a vigilante murder that took place in his community.

The pastor, Mduduzi Khoza, 45, who is the founder of Zoë Tabernacle Church in KaMhlushwa, appeared alongside community member Mkhuliseni Ngomane, 27, in the Tonga Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Ngomane handed himself over at the Tonga police station on Thursday and Khoza followed suit on Friday.

The two were not asked to plead to charges of murder and were released on R500 bail each.

They are accused of assaulting and stabbing 21-year-old Nkululeko Given Ngomane to death at the end of last month.

"The two suspects, Khoza and Ngomane, were each released on R500 bail each and their case was postponed to August 25 for further police investigation," Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi told African Eye News Service.

Hlathi would not confirm community reports that the deceased was accused of stealing airtime from a house in KaMhlushwa last year before going into hiding.

"We have not yet established the motive. What we know is that the deceased was found in a pool of his own blood with stab wounds on June 30.

"We only received reports that he was assaulted by a mob. We worked tirelessly and followed possible leads, which resulted in the duo handing themselves over to the police this week," said Hlathi.

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