Shooting suspect ignores Juju in court

2011-07-30 18:43

Perhaps Queenstown resident Gerdus Greyvenstein never thought he would come face to face with the man he is alleged to hate, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Greyvenstein looked taken aback at the local magistrates court when he caught a glimpse of the man over whom he is alleged to have shot his neighbour, Siyabonga Ndabeni, three weeks ago in a Queenstown suburb in Eastern Cape.

It is not clear what happened that Saturday night, but an angry Greyvenstein is said to have fired shots in Ndabeni’s direction three times.

An eyewitness said the two men had argued over the land issue and Malema, and had exchanged racial expletives before the shooting.

During his brief appearance, the suspect turned his back on Malema and never looked at him again.

The case has been postponed to Thursday for a formal bail hearing as he did not have a lawyer when he appeared last Thursday.

The case has put the sleepy town of Queenstown in the spotlight.

Youth league members have been holding demonstrations outside the court to protest against the granting of bail to Greyvenstein.

Ndabeni’s housemate, Lindile Sentse, who was away when the shooting happened, said he was surprised that the quiet Ndabeni had had a scuffle with his equally shy neighbour.

Their houses are separated by a fence and Sentse said the two hardly spoke to each other.

“I was shocked to hear that Ndabeni had been shot and was in hospital. I don’t really know (Greyvenstein) and couldn’t even point him out.

“I usually see him getting inside his car and driving away,” he said.

Sentse’s bedroom window still has the hole a stray bullet made before piercing his wardrobe. He said the police retrieved the bullet when they came to conduct an investigation.

Another resident of the small suburb, Nelson Mphunga, described the shooting as an isolated incident that had not soured relations between residents.

Malema addressed protesters outside the court, saying: “Whether they like it or not, we are going to take the land back and not give them any money.

“When they took the land they didn’t compensate (the dispossessed).”

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