Blue Bulls 'axe murderer' to go to mental hospital

2011-06-23 13:21

Durban - Former Blue Bulls flanker Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana will be admitted to a Pietermaritzburg mental hospital, the court heard on Thursday.

Ntshongwana, 33, briefly appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court for allegedly axing three people to death in Lamontville early this year.

The court heard that Ntshongwana would be admitted to Fort Napier Hospital on Friday and would be assessed by a state psychologist and a private psychiatrist, who would present a report to the court on August 4.

This, after his father Liston Ntshongwana, a former diplomat and businessman, told the court his son had psychiatric problems which were detected more than two years ago.

He said his son had been treated and counselled in a number of hospitals including the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Ntshongwana was allowed to leave the court in April when he pushed the police officers who accompanied him to the dock and spoke loudly in gibberish.

Wearing a long beard and long hair, Ntshongwana did not say a word during his court appearance on Thursday.

When Magistrate Anita Naidoo asked if he understood what was being said in court, Ntshongwana stared at her. He appeared calm and did not push the police officers who escorted him.

Ntshongwana’s father was present in court, as were friends and family of his son's alleged victims.

Carrying placards reading "No bail for Ntshongwana", they tried to block the gate which the police used to leave the court building with Ntshongwana.

They said they were tired of the delays, and claimed Ntshongwana was getting preferential treatment.

  • Lennox - 2011-06-23 13:39

    Goodness, this guy will probably get off on the grounds of being psychologically unsound.

      KD - 2011-06-23 13:48

      Well if he IS mentally ill, shouldn't he be in a mental hospital where he can get the help he needs?

      Krush - 2011-06-23 13:50

      Well he clearly is psychologically unsound and it's unfortunate that something like this had to happen but our country does not have enough institutions for people like this. It's a serious problem. And to say he must stay at home with his parents is grossly unfair as he is just as dangerous to them when experiencing delusions. I hope he receives the proper medical attention.

      mike - 2011-06-23 14:21

      Most of the 49million are mentally ill - how the hell are all of them going to fit into the mental home

      theDriver - 2011-06-23 14:40

      TGIL & mike> you haven't hacked anyone with an axe yet but you definitely belong in the mental assylum with this guy, unless you just plain stupid, which unfortunately there is no cure for that! bunch of imbeciles!

      Julie - 2011-06-23 14:47

      @TGIL - why was that necessary?...sad thing is that two other people agree with so sad

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-06-23 14:50

      KD if he is mental he'd probably get better treatment in jail than what he will from a Gov run psych hospital. The conditions there are shocking.

  • GT - 2011-06-23 13:39

    Just dreadful all round.

      morentebo - 2011-06-23 13:48

      so you axe someone, you go to mental hospital not jail? I love south Africa

      Ichabod - 2011-06-23 14:25

      @morentebo - dude, it's not just SA where insane people go to hospital and not jail, it's the WHOLE FRIKKEN' WORLD! If he is genuinely mental then he can't be held responsible for his actions, that's what mental means. Aah, what's the use trying to explain...

      nitesh.khoosal - 2011-06-23 14:29

      @ morentebo, let someone rape ur daughter/wife/sister, then lets see what ur comments wil be????? u moron

      DeonL - 2011-06-23 14:59

      Nitesh you missed the follow up story on this case, he never had a daughter.

      morentebo - 2011-06-23 16:28

      I should axe you bit*&s that would be so nice,

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  • DW - 2011-06-23 13:46

    What has taken them so long? I thought he was already in a mental hospital for assessment. Where has he been all this time?

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-23 13:48

      Awaiting trial at Westville my guess

      DeonL - 2011-06-23 14:16

      Some people have to wait for months for an opening in a state mental hospital.

  • Snoek - 2011-06-23 13:57

    While they're at it, they should send the rest of the BB team. :)

      Julz - 2011-06-23 14:12

      and their fans!

  • TGIL - 2011-06-23 13:57

    what??! no man , put him on the wing!

  • Gatvol - 2011-06-23 14:03

    Why do the media still refer to him as the "Blue Bull Axe murderer"? He probably played only a few games for the Blue Bulls and this is all they can associate him with? Pure sensationalism!! They should rather refer to him as the Lamontville Axe murderer.

      Mad man - 2011-06-23 14:28

      It`s an instruction from Blue Bulls medical team for him to be transfered to hospital - they know better anyway

      chrismtb007 - 2011-06-23 14:33

      It bugs me too, he played more games for the Griquas, but they call him a Bull!!???

  • Mad man - 2011-06-23 14:05

    It looks like Blue Bulls have lot of murderous in its team - the recent one is that drunkard the "Bees" who murdered respectful metro police in Pretoria.

      Gatvol - 2011-06-23 14:18

      Mad man, you are a MAD MAN. Perhaps you should book yourself into the same mental hospital as this guy!

      Tolerant - 2011-06-23 14:25

      Don't talk too soon, the case is not yet over for both people, unlike Selebi, Tony Y. and Zuma's friend Shaik.

      Marcell - 2011-06-23 14:27

      Pity there were only one corrupt cop in the car!

      chrismtb007 - 2011-06-23 14:34

      Respectfull Metrocop?? Did you see the list of ongoing investigations against that dead metro cop?? oh yes, in yours and your goverbnments eyes, corruption and extortion is seen as respectful!!!

      DW - 2011-06-24 09:47


      Carl Muller - 2011-06-29 16:16

      Why wondered why you are called you I know...

  • TheWasp - 2011-06-23 14:10

    For punishment why not let him loose at a ANCYL conference?

      Kitkat24 - 2011-06-23 14:17 should be in a mental hospital scrapping all the feeses..what has the ANCYL got to do with this trial..tril kop

      Mad man - 2011-06-23 14:20

      you think like your parents. Chief idiot with damaged brain

      TheWasp - 2011-06-23 14:21

      Kit Kat grow a sense of humour you twat!!!!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-23 18:22

      Bring Him with Bees and you'll see justice in a second

  • justbecause1 - 2011-06-23 14:10

    if he is found to be mentally unstable he will serve his sentence in a mental institution and will become a patient of the state which means he will never be a free man again once his sentence is served he will go into group homes

  • nitesh.khoosal - 2011-06-23 14:11's a shame on u....if Malema was one of the 3, then i would have said "u go my boy" how

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-06-23 14:12

    i still hope that the people he butchered were exactly the ones that raped his daughter.....

      nitesh.khoosal - 2011-06-23 14:20

      if the 3 were the accused, then i'm all for it.....

      Tolerant - 2011-06-23 14:26

      He never had a daughter.

      Marcell - 2011-06-23 14:28

      He didn't had a daughter.

      Gigabomb - 2011-06-23 16:08

      There was no daughter! Read back on the articles and you will see.

      Gigabomb - 2011-06-23 16:10

      There was no daughter!!! Read back on past articles that was all rubbish!!

  • pikkie - 2011-06-23 14:18

    So sorry! This shows us you can get away with murder. Play dead or play sick.

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-06-23 14:18

    These Blue Bulls people are really quite a bad bunch

  • Greegs - 2011-06-23 14:21

    Why do they have to mention the Blue Bulls? They had f..all to do with it! The media today is hectic!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-23 18:23

      Bees, that's why

  • Blougroen - 2011-06-23 14:21

    Can he pleased be joined by the journalist who coined the headliner "Blue Bull Axe Murderer " . . . really ??? Did they find bloodstains on his blue jersey ??? Could there be something like "ANC axe murderer" if a card carrying member ?

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-23 18:25

      Its 2 murderers in less than a year in the Blue team. Is it training methods? Steroids or perhaps the diet?

      DW - 2011-06-24 09:51

      myancymyfutur - he has not been in the Blue team for many years and actually played more for Griquas. Do we assume that the ANC is feeding something to its supporters due to the high number of criminals amongst them? Please grow up.

  • pikkie - 2011-06-23 14:21

    For the sake of sanity, what has the Jews got to do with it. They're the chosen ones. Be mind-full of what you comment!

  • mike - 2011-06-23 14:24

    @tgil You stupid f==k. What has jews go to do with darkies. Jews are a lot better than you. visit Israel and see for yourself

      Julie - 2011-06-23 14:52

      the way your comment reads you don't sound much better than TGIL

      InternetMan - 2011-06-23 15:29

      Yeah go to isreal and get some sand stuck in your vagina like the jews then atleast you can understand why they are unpleasant people.

      Carl Muller - 2011-06-29 16:18

      At least in Israel there are no racism...

  • - 2011-06-23 14:30

    He will get off because his a 'BLOU Bull'.......

  • - 2011-06-23 14:30

    Stop calling him the "Blue Bulls Axe Murderer" Shoddy journalism. He is hardly a Blue Bulls stalwart. Most people have never heard of this guy.

      Frox - 2011-06-23 15:07

      Having to endure Blue Bulls fans all day will drive any good minded person Mental!!!

  • - 2011-06-23 14:31

    Stop calling him the "Blue Bulls Axe Murderer" Shoddy journalism. He is hardly a Blue Bulls stalwart. Most people have never heard of this guy.

  • Frox - 2011-06-23 15:06

    Having to endure Blue Bulls fans all day will drive any good minded person Mental!!!

  • lerato.manzi - 2011-06-23 15:17

    Sad story indeed....well to those who were axed. we live in a society where people can claim they are "mentally unstable" so that they can be excused from being sent to jail. well at our state mental institution he'll live like a jail bird the treatment will just be the same as those in jail if not harsher. the only treatment he'll receive is a course of medication that will change his behaviour or state of mind into a zombie. what about those who lost their lives? what about his parents? he might have forgotten but both his family and those of the murdered will never forget this experience. the law must just take its cause and deal with this issue in such to teach a lesson and bring sanity to those who might come up with such claims.

  • Adrian - 2011-06-23 16:00

    What's happening with Bees Roux?

  • Doublepost - 2011-06-23 16:41

    I love how everyone and sundry thought this was a White guy when it first came out! Nice move by the media there, no mention of race. Just the sneaky mention of Blue Bulls was enough to send the tabloids into overdrive! Altogether with the picture of a White hand holding an axe!! And they say the media isn't into social engineering, hehehehehehehehehe, lying sons of B!tches you media scum!

  • Jeremy - 2011-08-04 13:56

    This is what is heppening In south africa the guy will get away becouse of psychological problem it seems lyk its how it works in south africans courts I hate this bullsh****t

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