Woman may forgive her dad’s killer

2010-02-02 00:00

THE daughter of the slain IFP uMzinyathi District Municipality (Dundee) ward councillor, Peter Nxele, says she may forgive one of the men accused of killing her father.

Phumi Buthelezi told The Witness yesterday that she is seriously considering reconciling with Duma Smanga, one of the five men standing accused of gunning down Nxele in May 2008.

Smanga, a teacher, was the first to be arrested after the incident. He has since turned state witness and is under a police protection programme.

Christopher Mthombeni, Zama Mthombeni, Sizwe Ndlovu and Bongani Shangase are on trial for the murder. Zama Mthombeni is alleged to have pulled the trigger, while Ndlovu’s role was allegedly to point out the victim.

The four were arrested in Gauteng on June 20 the same year. They were reportedly found with unlicensed guns and ammunition.

Shangase is serving a life term for the murder of ANC’s Bambatha Regional councillor, Grishen Bujram, in 2007.

“Smanga came forward and shed some light on my father’s death. He has been co-operative and so far he has given evidence with no reason to doubt his part in the plot to kill my father … that means something and I’m considering reconciling with him,” Buthelezi said.

Nxele (73) was shot four times in the chest after alighting from his car at his home in Dundee.

On Friday, the case was postponed to February 15.




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