Axe murderer sent for mental evaluation

2011-06-23 11:18

Alleged axe murderer and former Blue Bulls flanker, Joseph Ntshongwana, will be sent for psychiatric observation tomorrow at the Fort Napier mental health facility at Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Ntshongwana (34), who is accused of randomly killing three people with an axe earlier this year, will appear in court again on August 4 when two psychologists – one from the state and the other a private practitioner – will report on their assessments of whether or not he is fit to stand trial.

Ntshongwana was dressed in a dirty striped blue jacket.

His hair was long and unkempt and he stood motionless in the dock.

The courtroom doors were locked during his appearance over security concerns as a large crowd of relatives and friends of the men he is alleged to have killed gathered outside in protest.

Ntshongwana’s father Liston, a former black Springbok and then-Transkei diplomat, was also at court.

Zamokuhle Mkhize, brother of security guard Excellent Mkhize, whose headless body was found at a roadside in Montclair, was among those angered by the court adjournment.

“This case is being delayed purposely.

They want us to give up on it so they can set this man free.

“This is the fourth time (we’ve been) coming to court and we are told one and the same thing that they are sending him to Fort Napier,” said Mkhize.

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