Alleged bully-killer gets bail

2012-11-29 16:03

Johannesburg - An East Rand Grade 11 pupil accused of shooting dead a schoolmate who bullied him was granted bail of R1 000 by the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Tsundzukani Mthombi, 18, allegedly shot dead Grade 10 pupil Nkululeko Ndlovu, 18, in a classroom at the Phineas Xulu Secondary School.

Ndlovu's mother and aunt broke down and wept when the court heard how Mthombi allegedly stole his mother's handgun.

Warrant Officer Isaac Mashishi, the investigating officer, told the court Mthombi stole a safe key from his mother's purse, opened the safe, removed the gun, then replaced the key in the purse. His mother is a metro police officer.

"He took his mother's firearm. That means he has planned [to murder]," Mashishi said.

Attacked day before shooting

He said Mthombi appeared to have been attacked the day before the shooting by a group of boys while waiting at a bus stop.

"They attacked him there and from there they chased him while he was running away."

However, accounts about what happened after he removed the gun from the safe differed.

In one statement, it was claimed that the boys involved in the attack the previous day went to his classroom and started attacking him again.

Mthombi fired a shot, but missed, then shot again and killed Ndlovu.

In another statement, it was alleged that the boys entered the classroom, but did not attack Mthombi before he started shooting.

The court described the State’s case as "shaky" as it had only these two, conflicting statements about what had happened.

The case was postponed until January 16.

  • joneethling - 2012-11-29 16:09

    Bail? He should be given a medal.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-29 17:37

      Yeah, I would agree with you... but bullying was always a part of growing up. I was raised and taught not to allow bullying and I've defended a few kids in my day, so I don't condone it. But imagine if every bullied kid pick up a gun and shoot. Not good. I feel sorry for this kid, and I am glad he got bail, but a medal... no.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-29 17:40

      ...then again.. bullying when I was a kid, was less brutal...

      Jack - 2012-11-29 22:09

      Somehow I don't think there is any more bullying going on at that school.

  • dimitripappas - 2012-11-29 16:16

    Please give these uncivilized kids a laptop and internet or something, clearly they're too bored and under-stimulated to know any better

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-29 17:36

      Who said they're uncivilised, rather a strong statement when you don't know the kids in question from a bar of soap.

  • Natoematoe - 2012-11-29 16:24

    How can his mother have a handgun?

      Duncan Colter - 2012-11-29 16:36

      She is a police officer

      gregory.hill.984 - 2012-11-29 16:41

      Ummm how can his mother have a handgun? Which part of police was not clear? Maybe she should throw her shoes at criminals :)

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2012-11-29 16:53

      Ouch! Some people Lol

      joneethling - 2012-11-29 18:49

      why not?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-29 16:44

    His mother,a police woman,should also be severely punished for letting a State owned firearm "lying" around. This weapon should have been locked up in a safe. If this happened to a private citizen they would be heavily punished. PS. Are policemen/woman allowed to take their firearms home or are they supposed to "book" it in when they go off duty?

      gregory.hill.984 - 2012-11-29 17:05

      Actually I feel for the woman, the gun was locked in a safe, the kid stole the key from her handbag. She did not leave it lying around. This case is just a sad case of a kid that was bullied past his limits, it could have been so avoided had the school just disciplined the idiot who was bullying and terrorizing the other kids. Murder is wrong but the emotional stress of being bullied lasts forever. My sympathies to the kid who probably acted out of complete frustration, granted the wrong action but I understand his anguish

      brylea.slawson - 2012-11-29 17:31

      Roy perhaps you should read properly? Where did you see that the gun was "lying around" and how did you NOT see it said "Mthombi stole a safe key from his mother's purse, opened the safe, removed the gun, then replaced the key in the purse"

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-29 18:46

      Could you please read the story properly, sir, before you embarrass yourself in your by your intelligible comment. From The Star newspaper to the Sunday Times it is categorically stated that the firearm was in the safe and the boy stole the firearm from the safe. Even the court proceedings in this News24 clearly state that the safe key was stolen from the purse and then replaced after the firearm was stolen. Then the firearm was returned to the safe after the shooting. Where does lying around come from?

  • godesha - 2012-11-29 16:56

    Although I dont condone people killing one another, I can completely understand why this boy killed the other. Sjoe, I dont know what to say.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-11-29 17:03

    Having read this boy's story on the Sunday Times I really do feel for him taking into consideration his circumstances. It states there that shoving a gun infront of these hooligans was the last resort and on that day he only went to school because he was writing an exam. In my school days you would see the "skollies" waiting outside the schoolyard with steel-wires that they used to beat their victims with. I can identify with this young man.

  • Darren Braam - 2012-11-29 17:04

    @roy it was in a safe do u guys just read the headlines

  • zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-11-29 17:15

    im not only ashamed of being part of south africa's youth but the world in general my generation is messed up. if you think murders are a south African problem alone then think again, you should read reports about the current situation in chicago it is bad! bad! over there. this world is messed up all bcoz of my generation . 16 year old on house arrest and on top of that he is being investigated for murder (chief keef) if 2012 is really the end of the world i hope the end is tomorrow .

  • stanford.frost - 2012-11-29 17:30

    other kids are not strong enough like the boy who pulled the trigger and killed the other student, they end up taking their own lifes becouse of schoolground bullies, not to say I condone the action of the boy who pulled the trigger.sometimes there comes a time when you say enough is enough

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-29 17:34

    The school failed this young man, killing the bully was in sheer desperation. From what I've read the bully terrorised many kids. Mtombi will forever be traumatised by what he did, so please go easy on him.

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-11-29 18:05


  • rujean.vanrhyn - 2012-11-29 18:13

    I totally agree that bullying and what this child was subjected to was wrong, and it does fall on school for not taking the appropriate measures against the bully. But an 18 year old person at that age does know how to tell the difference between right and wrong, he is at that age an adult, it is sad that he was pushed this far but murder is something that has to be addressed, no matter what the story leading up to it is. I really do feel for both parties, being bullied is never easy but it is something we are all subjected to and should be eradicated from out schools, but bullying is not a reason to take someones life in cold blood, especially in the setting of a classroom or school for that matter. This whole situation should have been addressed and resolved early and this whole situation would have been avoided.

  • bheki.dladla.756 - 2012-12-04 12:46

    For this young man to pull a trigger means the bullying was just too much. He had a choice as much as the bully had a choice. If it wasnt for the stupid bully none of this would have happened. The bully is out of the way so can we continue as if nothing happened!! Future bullies can learna lot from this saga.

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