Don’t shoot me’: manager’s last words after sacking guard

2011-11-16 00:00

THE regional manager of the Protea Coin Group in Pietermaritzburg, Daniel van der Spuy, hid under a table and was heard saying “Don’t shoot me” shortly before he was allegedly shot and killed by a security guard.

The incident occurred in May, allegedly at the company’s offices in Moosa Allee building in Hoosen Haffejee Street.

Van der Spuy ((36) had allegedly just told the guard that he had been dismissed. It is alleged the issue which led to the guard’s dismissal was his refusal to shave off his beard, the court heard.

The bearded security guard, Bonginkosi Nene (47), yesterday pleaded not guilty to Van der Spuy’s murder before regional magistrate Kevin Leat.

Giving evidence at the trial, Nene’s colleague, Mathias Madonda, said he was called to Van der Spuy’s office at about 8 am that morning to interpret. When he walked in he found Nene sitting in the office with Van der Spuy.

He said Van der Spuy asked him to convey to Madonda that he had been found guilty at a recent misconduct inquiry and that he was going to be dismissed.

As he finished interpreting what Van der Spuy had said the accused got up and walked away. “I then heard the deceased [Van der Spuy] saying, ‘Don’t shoot me’.”

Madonda said he couldn’t see the manager at that stage as he appeared to be under the table. When he looked at Nene he saw he was holding a handgun in both his hands and was pointing in the direction of the table where Van der Spuy was.

“When he cocked it I realised it was a real firearm,” said Madonda. “I told him [Nene] not to do what he was thinking of doing and he told me to get out. He said he is not talking to me. Then I got out.”

He said he had met colleagues in reception who asked him for the police phone number and he told them to call 10111.

He had stepped outside the building and pulled out his cellphone to dial 10111 when he heard at least two gunshots.

Asked if he knew what the inquiry was about, Madonda said it concerned the fact that Nene refused to shave off his beard.

He believed this was for religious reasons.

The case is proceeding.

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