Durban gang in Albert Falls hit

2016-05-06 10:00

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Pietermaritzburg - An alleged accomplice to the 2012 robbery of the Lakhi and Vally families at Albert Falls — some of whom were tortured with boiling water — has described the planning which led to a gang being brought from Durban to commit the robbery.

Mneliseni Enoch Ntuli was warned by Judge Nkosinathi Chili in the high court that he would grant him indemnity from prosecution for crimes he admitted to only if he was satisfied that he was truthful.

Ntuli candidly told the court that he had “committed robberies” in the past and admitted he took part in planning the attack on the Lakhi and Vally families at Albert Falls.

However, Ntuli said he did not go inside the house on the night of the robbery but sat in a car nearby together with accomplice Lucky Mbonambi (28) of Umlazi, to watch out for police.

He also later shared in the spoils of the robbery.

Mbonambi, Mvusi Dlamini (30) also of Umlazi, and Siyabonga Phakamani Mchunu (52) of Albert Falls are on trial for the robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of semi-automatic firearms which had their serial numbers removed and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The robbery, during which cash, jewellery, bank cards and a 9 mm pistol were taken, took place on the night of February 26, 2012.

Mother and daughter, Fawzia and Sumaiya Vally, gave emotional evidence earlier in the trial when they identified Mvusi Dlamini as the man who poured boiling water from a kettle over them, as well as two-year-old Ahmed Lakhi Jnr, during their ordeal.

Ntuli told the judge that his friend, Siyabonga Phakamani Mchunu — who lives in the Albert Falls area — had decided what house the gang should target and had pointed it out to them.

He said he became involved when his [Ntuli’s] brother, Patrick called him and asked him if he knew of “any job”.

“By job he meant robberies,” said Ntuli.

He said Patrick told him he was in the company of a certain “Bhokobhoko” from Durban who wanted to know whether there was any “job” going.

“I told them that Phakamani [Mchunu] is looking for people to do a job in Albert Falls,” said Ntuli.

He said Mchunu had subsequently taken him and some others to point out the Lakhi house in Albert Falls, which they were going to rob because he said there was money there.

According to Ntuli, the first time he had accompanied the gang to the Lakhi home intending to commit the robbery it was called off because they were interrupted by dogs barking.

On that occasion, he was armed with an AK47 rifle (given to him by Bhokobhoko) and all his fellow gang members also carried arms, he said.

Ntuli said on the night the robbery was actually carried out, his role was limited to keeping a lookout for the police.

Before the gang went in, Bhokobhoko took out a container with traditional herbs which he used to “spray” over the gang members.

This was intended to stop them from being afraid and prevent the police from catching them, said Ntuli.

Ntuli said after the robbery the gang had met up at Hammarsdale where they shared the loot.

He and his brother had each received R700, as did Mchunu, even though Mchunu was not present during the actual robbery, he said. Ntuli testified that he was the person who had paid Mchunu his share of the money.

The case is proceeding.

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