Pastor accused of boy’s murder found locked in his car’s boot

2014-07-21 00:00

PASTOR John Fanyana Nkosi, the St John’s “bishop” who was arrested but never charged for the murder of Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli, was found locked in the boot of his car.

It’s believed he was found at Louwsburg (Ngoje) near Vryheid on Thursday and had been in the boot for several days. It was not immediately clear how he came to be in the boot of his car and who had locked him in.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they were waiting for him to recover so he could explain.

He said when he was discovered he was not bound or gagged.

The Ilanga newspaper reported yesterday that he was discovered in Louwsburg after residents had reported the car parked in a nearby forest for three days.

The residents were not aware that the car belonged to the pastor and called the police.

They said when the boot was opened, the pastor was exhausted.

Ilanga said police rushed him to an unknown hospital in that area. They did not reveal its location for fear that he might be attacked.

A community leader at Pongola said: “It seems that things are coming out, because the man who abducted the child has been arrested. He was found and picked up on the same Thursday that the pastor was found in his car.

“There are other things that are happening in this community [about the killing] that we cannot talk about at this stage because this township will keep burning … What happened was very painful,” he said.

Following the discovery of the child’s remains, with gruesome pictures posted on social networks, residents were outraged and set fire to Mkhize’s church, another house and the courthouse.

Kiki suspect linked to earlier abduction:

A 23-YEAR-OLD man from Pongola has been arrested for the gruesome death of a four-year-old child that drew national outrage.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday last week in Pongola.

Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli was abducted and killed almost three weeks ago, and parts of his mutilated body were allegedly discovered at St John’s church.

Kiki was laid to rest on Saturday with some of his body parts still missing.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspect will appear in court today facing kidnapping and murder charges.

“He was also linked to another kidnapping and assault where a five-year-old boy was kidnapped in the same area in June.”

Zwane would not elaborate on the arrest, only saying their investigation was still continuing.

Willies Mchunu, the MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, said the arrest will bring this case closer to an end.

He called on the community to remain calm and allow the police to do their jobs. “The arrest of this suspect underlines the importance of the call we have repeatedly made for the communities and the police to work together to fight crime,” he said.

“We understand the anger of the people at this brutal and thuggish murder of a young life. However, I urge the community not to take the law into their own hands and give police an opportunity to work on this matter.”

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