Witness asks for murder probe

2013-07-04 00:00

A WITNESS at the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) recruitment commission of inquiry yesterday raised concerns about the manner in which Sanele Ngcobo’s mysterious death was handled.

Minenhle Mbandlwa (20), the youngest witness to testify at the inquiry, wanted the commission to investigate a variety of issues surrounding the gruesome death of his cousin, Ngcobo, on December 28.

Mbandlwa raised these issues because he believes Ngcobo was murdered and also to be at peace with his cousin’s death.

He said he was concerned that Nkosinathi Nzimande was not the last person to see his cousin uninjured and wanted the commission to find out what happened to his Barcelona football club T-shirt, which was never found after Ngcobo was sent to Grey’s Hospital.

“It was announced [on the loud speaker] that someone who was wearing a Barcelona T-shirt had been taken to hospital by the paramedics, which means that when he was receiving medical attention at the stadium he was still wearing it,” he said.

Mbandlwa also wanted to know why the police were not called from the nearby Alexandra Road police station because that would have helped with the investigation.

He wanted clarity as to who actually saw his cousin allegedly break a bottle and slit his own throat.

“When I was at the hospital I asked the doctor who was attending to Sanele twice if it was possible for a person to cut himself like this and the doctor said: ‘No, it was not possible’ on both occasions,” he said.

Mbandlwa believes someone murdered Ngcobo.

Chairperson of the commission, senior counsel Thandi Norman, said all these concerns formed part of the broader investigation to be dealt with by the commission.

Meanwhile, Transport Department legal representative Ravin Ramdass told Mbandlwa that his testimony was well rehearsed because he had been listening to Nkosinathi Nzimande who gave evidence before him.

However, Mbandlwa said he had told the truth and had recorded the conversation he had with Ravi Padayachee SC, when he was giving his statement.

Thami Dlamini will be testifying today as a new witness.

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