Court: Mayor's guard to stay in custody

2009-01-07 00:00

THE bodyguard of Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatswayo, Nkosivumile Ngukelunga (30), who has been charged with murder, was yesterday ordered to remain in custody until he appears in court again on January 14.

Ngukelunga, who allegedly shot Sibusiso Mahlaba (26) on Sunday, evaded arrest until Tuesday when he surrendered to the Plessislaer police.

Magistrate Paul van Dongen said yesterday that a profile, which includes whether he has been previously convicted and is facing other charges, on him should be prepared.

Mahlaba’s brother, Batsoso Mahlaba, told a Witness reporter that Ngukelunga, who was with friends, shot Mahlaba after they talked about sex.

Ngukelunga fled, but returned a few minutes later and drove Mahlaba to hospital.

After undergoing an operation, Mahlaba died in hospital.

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