Mkhize hit accused ‘needs time to think’

2012-08-31 00:00

THE second accused in the murder of ANC politician Wandile Mkhize and his friend, Nhlakanipho Shabane, told the magistrate’s court in Ramsgate yesterday he “needed time to think”.

Kwanele Cedrick Hlongwane (40), of Tin Town, made his first court appearance yesterday and was charged with two counts of murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

It has not been established whether the .380 pistol Hlongwane had in his possession during the arrest was the murder weapon.

Mkhize and Shabane were shot in Manaba in June. Mkhize died on the scene, while Shabane died a few days later.

Hlongwane was arrested in Gamalakhe on August 29 and will join his co-accused, Dumisani Sikhakhane (35), in the dock on September 5, when he will decide whether to represent himself or apply for legal representation.

The accused is thought to be employed at Hibiscus Coast Municipality as a general worker, but this could not be confirmed at the time of going to the press.

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