Judgment starts in Spar murder trial

2013-01-11 22:03

Pretoria - Judgment started on Friday in the trial of a man accused of murdering a community watch member and almost killing his friend during a robbery three years ago.

Judge Winston Msimeki would conclude judgment in the trial of Mandla Ntuli, 29, of Thokoza, in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Ntuli faces 11 charges including murder, attempted murder and several of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

A member of the Mnandi Community Watch, Andre Erlank snr, miraculously survived after being shot in the chest while trying to raise help on his two-way radio when he realised the Mnandi Spar, in Tulip Street, south-west of Pretoria, was being robbed.

The robbers shot and killed Erlankā€™s friend and fellow Community Watch member Louis Viljoen, 39, in his car.

Erlank and his son Andre jnr had stopped at the shop on 2 February 2009.

His son had just gone inside when a gang of robbers stormed in and started shooting.

He told the court he believed he was going to be killed.

He testified how one of the robbers looked him in the eyes and shot him without saying a word. After he crawled out of his car two of the robbers pinned him to the ground and searched him for his cellphone and money while he was clutching his chest trying to stem the spurting blood.

Ntuli pleaded not guilty to all the charges and denied any involvement in the robbery.

Two of his alleged accomplices, Mzokhona Sipho Nene, 23, and Sbusiso Sfiso Sibiya, 24, were still at large after skipping bail.

The shop's owner was robbed of R19 000 and his cellphone. The thieves emptied the tills and robbed several customers of their cellphones and wallets.

They slapped and pulled a pregnant cashier around, causing her to lose the baby.

One of the cashiers at the store identified Ntuli as the robber who had pointed a pistol at his head, took his cellphone and ordered him to show them the office.

Judgment continues.

  • rude.awakning - 2013-01-11 22:32

    send the muderous scum to the pits and throw away the keys!

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2013-01-12 05:12

    Jumped bail? Wtf? They should have never been granted bail. Our justice system fails us each and every day. What can u expect from a country with a criminal for a president!

  • gregory.hill.984 - 2013-01-12 06:27

    How do you get bail if you suspected of murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me sick how ruthless criminals are just allowed back on our streets. Life has become so cheap in South Africa.

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-12 07:08

    Why is it taking so long 2burn these things?? they deserve no less than 2be elliminated on the spot!!

  • gideon.walt - 2013-01-12 07:41


  • ntumbane.jones - 2013-01-12 09:05

    I have seen a lot of white dudes playing heroes in dangerous situations and they always lose their lives in the process.Superiority is the evil of all evils. Andre SNR how do you raise help from such a big visible instrument like a 2 way radio without attracting the attention of the robbers.Leave police work to law enforcement agencies.Community watch my foot.

      riettevr - 2013-01-12 12:27

      I wonder if the lady who lost the baby was white and tried to be superior as well??? And you raise questions on where you see these white dudes playing heroes and losing their lives. That's suspicious on many levels. Maybe you would be content on losing someone close to you when there is no such heroes close by. If he wasn't there someone else may have been shot. Maybe you would argue the community watch wasn't neccesary either... Why would it be...

      juliana.bruwer - 2013-01-14 09:51

      Why bring up the subject of "a lot of white dudes" And by the way Andre SNR was "Trying to raise help "AS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS NO WHERE TO BE SEEN" Read the article carefully before making such ridicule remarks..........

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-12 10:00

    shoot them in jail. May the corpses hang for all to see

  • emilyjane.elson - 2013-01-12 10:02

    HFS this makes my blood BOIL!!!!!!! I hope the devil eats you okes for breakfast and he makes you suffer a million times over. Pure Savage Behavior, nothing else.

  • donald.dykman - 2013-01-12 10:20

    only country in the world where punishment fits the criminal not the crime. bet his bail was no more than R1000 and that after they killed

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 13:58

    Another judge taking three years to convict!!. By the time the Rhino poachers appear, there won't be a Rhino left in this country.

  • gerhardmonique.viljoen - 2013-01-14 12:02

    Louis' daughter will never have the privlige to know her father. Bring back the death penalty. At least God used this evil to do good. Louis' wife is happy again.

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