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2018-11-01 06:02
PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE ANC supporters and other residents protest outside Verulam court.

PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE ANC supporters and other residents protest outside Verulam court.

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THE man charged with the murder of two women in Tongaat appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, October 23.

The suspect, aged 53, is accused of killing his girlfriend Nombuso Dube (33) and her mother Mthokozile Dube (70) at their home in Magwaveni on October 7.

A member of the family, Mzikayise Dube, told Coastal Weekly that he was still recovering from shock after the incident.

“My sister broke up with him and we suspect that this was the reason he killed her.

The only thing that I fail to understand is why he killed my mother? She had nothing to do with their relationship.

We want justice and we hope the court will do everything to find the truth in this matter,” he said.

Outside the court, members of the ANC Women’s League and Magwaveni residents held a protest to oppose bail. Ward councillor Zanele Khumalo said: “We want to show support to the family of the victims. He [the suspect] should not be granted bail. How can a person like him be released on bail? He is not supposed to be in our community.”

The accused was arrested after he handed himself in at the Pietermaritzburg Police Station last week.

He was then transferred to the Tongaat SAPS where he was charged with two counts of murder.

A licensed firearm that is suspected to have been used during the shooting was also recovered.

The police confirmed that the two victims were killed in a domestic dispute.

The suspect appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on October 16 however his legal representative did not arrive in court and the matter was adjourned to October 23.

The matter was then adjourned until Monday, October 29 for further investigations.

The suspect will be detained at Westville Prison until his next appearance in court.

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