Choas in Pinetown court

2010-11-17 13:52

Chaos ensued in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today when a crowd started singing ANC songs, making it almost impossible for courts to operate.

The crowd was prevented from attending the bail application of the 22-year-old man accused of killing 10 people in Shongweni and Mariannhill.

The majority of people were wearing ANC T-shirts and ANC Women’s League attire.

Journalists struggled to enter the court as the crowd blocked the door.

The man handed himself over after his name was circulated as one of the suspects. He was charged with six counts of murder and a charge of rape.

Police believe the Shongweni and Mariannhill killings are linked and that they were purely criminal actions.

A second suspect sought in connection with the deaths was killed in a shoot-out with police yesterday evening, KwaZulu-Natal police said today.

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

Nxele’s brother, Philani Nxele, also 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.

Among the people who were killed in the massacres 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 – in their home.

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