Another Shongweni massacre suspect killed by police

2010-11-17 07:04

Another suspect sought in connection with the killing of 10 people in Shongweni and Marianhill was killed after a shoot-out with police, KwaZulu-Natal police said today.

“Khetha Bhenjani Nxele was killed by the police last night [Tuesday] in Dassenhoek after he opened fire on them,” said Brigadier Phindile Radebe.

Nxele’s brother, Philani Nxele, a prime suspect in the killings, was shot dead by the police when he allegedly opened fire on them last month.

Radebe said members of the organised crime unit were tipped off that he was hiding in the area.

“The police found him at 10pm and he opened fire,” she said.

The 22-year-old man who handed himself over to the police in Pietermaritzburg after his name was circulated as one of the suspects was expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today for a bail application.

He was charged with six counts of murder and a charge of rape.

Police believe that the Shongweni and Mariannhill killings are linked and that they were driven by crime.

Among the dead were two boys, Thalente and Mthobisi Zulu, aged two and eight. The other victims were named as Thabani Zulu (18), Nokuthula Zulu (22), Sthembiso Nxusa (29) and Ngenzeni Hlongwane (40).

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped. A 32-year-old woman was also shot, but survived and was being treated in hospital.

In Mariannhill, four people were killed.

Nolusindiso Sikhotha (30), her six-month-old baby, Sesethu, her partner, Bongani Mngomezulu, and his brother, Vasco Msane, were gunned down in their home.

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