Suspect in ‘hit’ held

2015-09-01 08:51

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A MAN found in possession of a home-made firearm was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of Mkondeni community leader Bongani Mthalane.

Mthalane was shot execution-style last Tuesday in his home in Mkondeni in front of his wife.

The two men suspected of the killing fled the scene, saying they would “be back” for the community’s other leader, who would not be named as she is in hiding.

Mthalane’s daughter, Nondumiso, said the arrest was a good start for the police. “I would sleep better at night if I knew that all the suspects were behind bars. At least this arrest gives us hope that more arrests will follow,” she said.

The Mkondeni community leader who is in hiding said she had reservations about the arrest.

“It’s only one suspect. Until police arrest all those connected to the murder of Bongani, I guess I will have to stay in hiding,” she said.

She said she could not wait for the day the suspects would appear in court.

“I will confront them and ask why they are so hell bent on killing us. We did nothing illegal. We followed rules that govern this country,” she said.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese said the man would appear in court soon.

The residents believe the murder was related to an ongoing land dispute, however, this has not been proven.

The group were evicted from their land in Ashburton in February when a company named Aqua Trading bought the farm they were living on.

The residents were moved to another piece of land, which it was later discovered was privately owned, and another eviction notice was issued.

The Pietermaritzburg-based land rights non-profit organisation Afra said in a statement they were “pleased the police have moved so swifty in making this arrest”.

“We look forward to further details on the case emerging during the investigation, and hope that the safety of the community continues to be prioritised with high police visibility until there is further clarity on the context within which the murder took place,” said the statement.

The organisation said the “community remains fearful and vulnerable” and Afra would continue to “walk alongside them until their rights are realised”

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