Alleged murder charges withdrawn

2017-09-22 06:00


THE family of slain former Umzimkhulu speaker and ANC Harry Gwala Regional Deputy Secretary Khaya Thobela said it is disappointed with the justice system.

This after a case against the two suspects for the alleged murder of Thobela was withdrawn by the Umzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court due to a lack of evidence last Friday.
However, one suspect remains in custody facing­ a charge of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Thobela was shot several times as he arrived at home in Mfundweni, Ward 13 in Umzimkhulu on April 20. He died three days later in the Port Shepstone Hospital.

Thobela’s brother Sibongiseni attended the court case every day with the hope that the suspects would be convicted, but was shocked when the court released them.

“The dismissing of the case against the alleged murders has brought more pain to the family. It is really hard to accept the court outcome.
“How can somebody confess to killing my brother, and then the court tells us another story? Now we want the court to tell us who killed my brother if they say the alleged killers are clean,” said an angry Sibongiseni.

He said if the court says the alleged murderers are not linked to the case, the justice system must provide them with the real killers.

Sibongiseni said he prevented more bloodshed after some family members wanted to take revenge by attacking the former suspects after the charges were withdrawn.

“I did not go to work today because everybody is in pain, including Khaya’s wife, because of our disappointment in our justice system,” said Sibongiseni on Tuesday.  

Police have been working diligently to find the perpetrators of Umzimkhulu council murders since July when they announced they will set up a specialised team to curb the killings.

Four councillors have been killed in Umzimkhulu since April - Khaya Thobela, Mduduzi Tshibase, Khaya Mgcwabane and former ANCYL secretary Sindiso Magaqa.

The Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor Mphuthumi­ Mpabanga agreed with Sibongiseni, saying they are very disappointed with the justice system.
“It seems we are still in trouble because we don’t know who will be killed next,” said Mpabanga.
Hawks spokesman, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi­ said: “We can confirm that a case of murder was provisionally withdrawn, however, one suspect is still in custody and will be going for trial as he is facing a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.”



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