Clerk tells of boss’s urgent plea to killer

2012-04-18 00:00

AN administration clerk with the Protea Coin Group yesterday testified for the state in a case against a security guard who allegedly killed his boss after a dispute over his beard.

Lungi Penelope Ngubane told the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court that she was at the office when she heard her boss shouting, “Please, please, please! Nene, don’t kill me.” She then heard gunshots.

Bonginkosi Nene (47) is on trial for the murder of the regional manager of Protea Coin Group, Daniel van der Spuy (36), on May 27, 2011.

The fatal shooting a disciplinary hearing in which Nene, who is a member of the Ebuhleni Shembe International church, was found guilty on four counts related to his refusal to shave his beard and cut his hair.

He failed to comply with the rules of the security company and gave the media confidential information about the company.

Ngubane said she arrived at work at about 6.45 am on May 27 last year and Nene was in the office with Martias Madondo, Eric Mazibuko and Van der Spuy.

She said Nene had been called the previous day to be at the office to be told the finding of his disciplinary hearing. Van der Spuy called Nene and Madondo to join him in his office and Ngubane heard a commotion.

Nene told Madondo to leave the office. When Madondo come to the reception, Ngubane said, he told her that Van der Spuy was hiding under his desk.

Ngubane said she became frightened and ran to the office of a colleague, Pamela Ramsamy. They called the police and then heard a gunshot.

While phoning two managers in Durban she heard two more shots. After some time, she said, Nene kicked the locked office door, but they stayed quietly inside.

They could hear him shouting outside, asking for a manager to be called.

A faulty court recording machine interrupted the trial, which continues today.

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