NFP members in court for 'assasinating' fellow party member

2016-05-16 20:31


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Pietermaritzburg - Three National Freedom Party (NFP) members are on trial in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg for allegedly assassinating a fellow member vying for promotion in the party hierarchy, and another member.

Mkhonzeni Ntuli, 40, Mlindeli Mchunu, 36, and Felamandla Mkhize, 59, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, and one count of attempted murder.

They are accused of killing Bongani Tshelembe, chairman of a constituency of the Umzinyathi (Dundee) district, and Lungisile Zuma, and trying to kill Ntethelelo Mbatha.

They allegedly hired an assassin.

An alleged accomplice of theirs, Sikhoni Sithole, allegedly supplied the AK-47 used for the murder.

He has turned State witness.

Tshelembe, Zuma and Mbatha were shot while driving back from a local NFP meeting in May 2012. The assassin lay in wait at a secluded spot on the road.

Zuma was shot three times and survived.

The trial was expected to last about two weeks.

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