Mayor’s minder off the hook

2009-07-01 00:00

A CHARGE of attempted murder against Msunduzi mayoral bodyguard Nkosivumile Ngukelunga (30) was withdrawn by the prosecution in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday.

Ngukelunga, bodyguard to Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatswayo, was facing a charge for the attempted murder of Mthokozisi Gumede, who was allegedly shot at during an incident in Caluza on March 22, 2008.

The Witness was told that the charge was withdrawn for lack of evidence. The complainant, who is known to Ngukelunga, allegedly did not call police to the scene, did not suffer any serious injuries and made conflicting statements when describing the incident.

The alleged crime scene was tampered with. Exhibits collected by associates of the complainant and handed to police are not admissible as evidence.

Ngukelunga is still in custody awaiting trial in connection with the murder of Sibusiso Mahlaba (26) on January 4.

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