MURDER-SUICIDE shatters two families

2019-04-24 06:02
The K9 search and rescue team tries to retrieve the body.photo: supplied

The K9 search and rescue team tries to retrieve the body.photo: supplied

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A GOOD Friday celebration between two families at eMatimatolo turned ugly after one of the sons accidentally shot and killed another on Friday, April 19.

According to sources close to the family, Sinenkosi Zondi (26) and Zama Zondi were drunk when the incident happened.

Sources told the Gazette that Zama had recently bought a new gun and asked his cousin to accompany him for a shooting spree.

“He (Zama) was asked to lock his gun in the safe because he was drunk, he did not listen. We suspect that they were both excited because Zama had bought a new gun. The two and three other friends drove around the area in Zama’s car. He took out his gun and placed it on his lap, we suspect that he accidentally pulled a trigger and the bullet strike Sinenkosi,” said the source.

The suspect rushed the injured man to a nearby clinic, but he died from the gunshot wound sustained in his stomach. It’s alleged that the suspect then drove away from the clinic and threw the victim’s body down the cliff.

“He went back home. When the victim’s mother asked him why her son was not back home, he told her that the victim [was] visiting his girlfriend. The victim’s family because suspicious and interrogated the suspect. He confessed to them that he accidentally shot him. The family called the police. When the police arrived, the suspect shot himself and died.”

The suspect’s brother, Fanyana Zondi, confirmed that the two were close friends.

“I will not be able divulge all the details surrounding the death of the two, but I can confirm that it was an accident. They were close friends,” Zondi said.

The victim’s mother, Xhawulile Ndlovu, confirmed that the two friends were drunk.

“I saw Zama’s car at the clinic. Two men jumped out and went inside, after three minutes or so they drove off. I because suspicious and went to ask a security guard at the clinic. He told me that my son was injured. Thereafter I phoned Zama’s friend to find out if my son was still alive. They did not give me an answer. On Saturday [April 19] we decided to phone the police,” Ndlovu said.

The Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue (SAR) and K9 SAR were called to assist Ematimatolo police with a body recovery down the 40-metre cliff.

Members set up a rope system and abseiled down the cliff. The victim’s body was bagged and placed in a stokes basket, the member and the body were hoisted to the top of the cliff and the body was handed over to station members on scene.

Ward councillor Zandile Ngema sent her condolences to the Zondi family.

“I visited both families to send my condolences as the ward councillor. It is such a tragic incident.

“We know for the fact that they were close friends. We hope both families will try and solve the natter amicably,” she said.

The SAPS provincial media desk was not available to comment at the time of going to print.

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