Durban advocate commits suicide

2012-05-13 13:17

Durban - Durban advocate Mvuseni Ngubane has been found dead at his home in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

Lieutenant colonel Vincent Mdunge said Ngubane was found with a gunshot wound to the head at around 15:00 on Saturday. He said there was a pistol next to the body.

"Police found a suicide note near his body. Some parts of the letter were not readable due to bloodstains."

Mdunge said family members found Ngubane on the back seat of his Mercedes-Benz in the garage. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene.

Ngubane handled high profile cases including that of convicted drug dealer Cheryl Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The SABC reported that Ngubane had served on various boards and committees. He was a former president of the Black Lawyers' Association and chaired the Law Society of SA.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 13:29

    Whatever made you to take your life, may your soul rest in peace. hope one day truth about cirmustances leading to your death will be revealed.

  • Frans - 2012-05-13 13:29

    Never nice to read about something like this. Condolences to his family. Was there really no other way outbut to take his own life? I assume it was personal problems (financial,marital or work related). All these can be overcome.

  • Frans - 2012-05-13 13:38

    Such a pity!! The first comment on this article refers to color once again. Just so wrong.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 13:50


      Patsy - 2012-05-13 16:05

      Who mentioned colour first?? The News article when they referred to the Black Law Association. HUH?

      Frans - 2012-05-13 16:54

      @patsy.Smith.125-- difference between REPORT and COMMENT. 'The first comment'

  • Sematla - 2012-05-13 13:45

    Stress! Stress! stress! people in high demanding and high responsibility jobs,please call me I will help you to de-stress.Except the NEWS24 "commentators" they are irresponsible and have nothing to do all bloody day.Marion is the exact reference.

      Honjiswa - 2012-05-13 15:43


  • Peter - 2012-05-13 13:48

    Hope it was not because of threats

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-13 13:50

    I guess somtimes it just gets too much. I pray this never happens to me,or to anyone else for that matter. Sometimes though we are the victims of our own actions. Condolences to his family

  • khakhathi.nemadzivhanani - 2012-05-13 14:04

    I don't believe that he committed suicide. Someone did the job and made it look like suicide. The police should thoroughly investigate this case.

      Sechaba30 - 2012-05-13 14:28

      I also do not believe he committed suicide, the moment I read about Cwele case he handled I believe there is more to this than meets the eye.

  • Gordon - 2012-05-13 15:23

    Is anyone else skeptical about this being genuine?

  • Andile - 2012-05-13 15:38

    Organised crime at its best. My version of events:\r\nSheryl Cwele is still considering appealing her sentence so she removes the advocate so that she can delay the whole process with a new advocate. She organises hitmen and they get a crime advisor who tells them how they should make it a professional hit. They point Mr Ngubane with a gun, and force him to wright a 'suicide note'(I hope it was not typed). They than lock him in his car to reduce the audibility of the shot. I hope ballistic tests will reveal something else. And the best forensic investigators should be brought in.

  • Shepherd Kgakala - 2012-05-13 16:19

    I smell the rat.i really don't believe he killed himself.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-13 16:48

    Condolences to his family, I feel suicide is one of the most selfish acts anyone can carry out. Whatever mess made him do it now becomes the responsibility of his family, making their lives even harder. He should have faced it. I hope his family pull through, and may strength be on their side.

  • Johann - 2012-05-13 18:01

    Don't exclude the possibility of foul play. Can easily have been staged.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-13 18:07

    Condolences to his family. Unlikely to be a suicide.

  • ravona.naidoo - 2012-05-13 18:11

    Er...the black lawyers association has a long history. The society does not exclude anyone of the basis of race, so ya, you can be a member and be white.

      sipho.benjamin - 2012-06-04 13:03

      Good point there.. Condolences to his family indeed.

  • StanSenamo - 2012-05-13 19:38

    News24 your journalism is questionable. How do claim that a person has committed suicide as he was found with gunshot wounds but there was no pistol near him? What happened, he shot himself and then ran somewhere to hide the supposed murder weapon and came back to his car? Common

      Marina - 2012-05-14 07:04

      A suicide note was found. Duh. That would be the logical conclusion at the time. I do agree that the "suicide" should be investigated.

  • Thembi - 2012-05-13 22:28

    I'm smelling a rat the advocate was murdered he didn't commit suiside.the investigaters must dig from the bottom of this matter then they will find the truth.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-14 07:27

    I see censorship is back on this page. news24 deleting !!!!

  • Winifred - 2012-05-14 11:14

    Something very fishy here!!!!!!!!! Its sad to read but I believe there is more to this than meets the eye. There is a third force somewhere.

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