3 in court for killing Catholic priest

2012-01-13 15:27

Durban - Three men appeared in the Melmoth Magistrate's Court on Friday for allegedly killing a Catholic priest, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"The case was postponed to January 17 for the suspects to be provided with legal aid," Captain Thulani Zwane said.

Khulekani Mbatha, 18, Siqiniko Dlamini, 21, and Mduduzi Mabaso, 24, were arrested at their homes at KwaNongoma on Tuesday for allegedly attacking Catholic priest Senzo Mbokazi in Melmoth in November.

"He was found dead in church with stab wounds and it is suspected he was strangled," said Zwane.
The men were charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-13 15:45

    Every news heading just gets worse! Society grows further and further into the dark side! When will it end??? Evil knows no boundries!

  • Robert - 2012-01-13 16:09

    Iam with Shirly & procold2 on this one. There is NO excuse for killing like this. Who died & made them judge of anyone.

  • Deon - 2012-01-13 16:15

    Zero tolerance to crime, let us hope they get 50 years each. Build more jails.

  • poaul - 2012-01-13 16:19

    How many has the catholic church killed over the centuries?

      Shirley - 2012-01-13 16:26

      Pathetic argument-so its the same as saying all germans should be hated because Hitler was one. I know quiet a few priests andthey are all selfless servants to humanity-devoting their entire lives to uplifting others! Yes there have been "bad' priests but your argument is sick.

      G.Lightdancer - 2012-01-13 16:29

      Poaul...we are talking about an individual here and not organized religion...have a little compassion for this man's family and one deserves to die like wrong does not make another right...nothing justifies such a deed...

      poaul - 2012-01-14 08:08

      @Shirley: Your argument regarding Hitler is apt, but in this case I don't equate it to all germans, but to all Nazi's. The catholic church is an organization that shares its values with the organization of the past that has killed thousands, if not millions...

  • Jdcptza - 2012-01-13 16:25

    Clearly Kala you have no concept, of the unselfish lives of sacrifice and service that the vast majority of good Catholic priests throughout the world live out, quietly,mind you, living out their vocations faithfully tending to the needs of the poorest and outcast of our society. Your comments are an insult to the thousands of Priests, Nuns and Brothers quietly doing Gods work.You have no notion.

      Kala - 2012-01-13 16:31

      And you kind sir have no notion of being molested by a priest. A person that is supposed to be beyond reproach. Even the highest authorities in the Catholic Church are loathe to take action agaist those guilty of these crimes.

      Twolips - 2012-01-13 16:42

      @Kala. Do not tar everyone with the same brush.

  • Jdcptza - 2012-01-13 16:43

    Kala i probably know better than you,unless you are a victim yourself. I have put myself in my mind in the position of such a person,as the one woman that i have ever loved on this earth was abused ( and not by a priest but by a family member ), and i had to put myself in her position to understand what she experienced, who she became, so i am highly sensitized to that. However as i say those who molested are a tiny number compared to the vast majority doing Gods work. Your comment was off the cuff, a generalisation and just wrong really.

      Kala - 2012-01-13 16:57

      Jdcptza - I'm sure there are a lot that do good work and well done to them. I had a friend who was molested as a kid for many years. He laid a charge eventually and before the matter got to court he committed suicide out of pure shame. As far as I'm aware the priest is still an honoured member of the Church even though several priests knew of his habit. So many might not be molesting children but many turn a blind eye to the goings on around them. And maybe picking out hte Catholics is a bit harsh, but most of these types of stories are emanating from the Catholic church.

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