WATCH: SBV security official charged with murder after shooting

2019-07-08 16:13


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A private security company employee has appeared in court after allegedly shooting and killing a man and wounding another during an altercation in KwaZulu-Natal.

The incident, which happened during a protest in the KwaXolo area last month, was filmed on mobile video and widely shared online.

According to KwaZulu-Natal SAPS, Margate police responded to the incident in Nkothaneni location on the morning of June 5.

"It is alleged that there was a public protest along Gcilima Road, where people blockaded the road with poles. It is further alleged that two males came to the scene driving a private vehicle. They wanted to pass through, but the protesters refused to let them pass. They alleged that one of the protesters attempted to take the firearm from one of the males, then he fired six shots at him," provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala told News24.

Gwala said the 29-year-old victim had died at the scene and that a 35-year-old man had been arrested. 

SBV confirmed in a statement that its staff members were involved in the shooting, but said the team may have been threatened.

"During a client service, a four-man team was exposed to violent protest action in the area. One of SBV’s custodians was involved in an incident which resulted in a fatal injury to a civilian who was allegedly threatening the safety of the team. Another SBV custodian suffered a minor injury during this incident and has since recovered from his injury."

Thulani Madlala appeared in the Ramsgate Magistrate's Court on June 7, charged with the murder of 29-year-old Mthobisi Mbali, as well as the attempted murder of Mxolisi Ndlovu.

He was granted R2 000 bail on June 18 and the case was postponed to September 20.

SBV said its risk and compliance team was working closely with the police to investigate the incident.

"SBV appeals to members of the public with any information on this incident to contact SBV’s Early Warning Robbery Hotline. This line is active 24/7 and members of the public may contact 083 408 7029 to provide information to SBV’s investigations team. All callers can be assured that confidentiality is maintained."

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