‘Massacre suspects deserved to die’ — sister

2010-11-18 00:00

THE family of the suspected killer in the Ntshongweni and Marianhill massacres welcomed his death on Tuesday night, calling him “a menace to them and the society”.

Members of Hawks, who reacted to a tip-off, fatally shot Khetha Nxele when he opened fire on them in Dassenhoek near Pinetown at about 10 pm.

They recovered a 9mm pistol.

He is the second suspect to be shot by police.

Nxele’s brother, Philani “Nkalakatha” Nxele, also a prime suspect in the killings, was shot dead by the police when he allegedly opened fire on them last month.

A sister of the suspects, Nonhlanhla Nxele (36), said her 24-year-old brother “deserved death”.

She said he was a constant source of trouble for their 70-year-old mother.

“We welcome what has happened because it had to happen.

“My mother was arrested after police found stolen things, which my brother had kept in our house,” she added.

Nonhlanhla said Nxele, who was popularly known as “Bhejane” in the Ntshelimnyama area of Pinetown, was known for housebreak-ings, muggings, robberies and murders.

She said his family is not mourning Nxele’s death.

Khetha Nxele left school in grade 5. His late brother, Philani, left school in Grade 6.

Another relative of the Nxeles, Khombi Mkhize of Richmond, said the young men had served terms for serious crimes since their first arrests when they were only 14 and 15 years old.

Joe Zulu, a family member of five of the six Ntshongweni victims, commended the police for “a job well done”.

“We hope they are all the suspects police were looking for. Now we can sleep in peace knowing that they are no longer part of the society,” said Zulu.

Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu said: “Criminals must know that if they attempt to shoot at police, they will not hesitate to retaliate …

“KZN will not be ruled by criminals and we cannot allow this province to be their playground.”

WHILE the family of the brothers suspected in the massacre of 10 people in Shongweni and Mariannhill welcomed their death at the hands of the Hawks, a crowd blocked entry to the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday where Thulani Ndlovu (22), the self-confessed accomplice in the massacre, had his bail hearing.

People in the large crowd were protesting after the court had prevented them from attending the bail hearing.

Most of them were wearing ANC T-shirts and ANC Women’s League attire, and at times their loud songs made it difficult for people in the courtroom to hear one another.

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

Among the dead were two boys aged two and eight.

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