Carolina Spar attack: Two employees and a guard to appear in court for murder

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People are expected to appear in court in connection with an attack in Mpumalanga.
People are expected to appear in court in connection with an attack in Mpumalanga.
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  • Two senior employees and a security guard are expected to appear in court facing murder charges. 
  • They allegedly assaulted Thulani Sibanyoni, after accusing him of insulting an employee at the store. 
  • Sibanyoni, 35, later died in hospital after sustaining a brutal assault that left his head swollen. 

Two senior employees and a security guard are expected to appear in the Carolina Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga on charges of murder on Wednesday. 

The men are accused of assaulting Thulani Sibanyoni, 35, and another man, identified as Thabani, at a Spar supermarket in Carolina, Mpumalanga, on 14 August. 

Sibanyoni later died at the Witbank Hospital on 1 September, according to his family.

His mother, Macy Beauty Sibanyoni, said her son was twice admitted to the hospital.

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Sibanyoni died from head injuries he sustained during his attack. 

William Viljoen, Hannes Terblanche and security guard Obi Nortjé accused Sibanyoni and Thabani of insulting an employee at the store. 

It is alleged that, after the three men received a complaint from a junior employee, they tracked down Sibanyoni and Thabani and apparently chased them down the streets of Carolina.

Sibanyoni and Thabani were caught and loaded into a vehicle, allegedly driven by the accused. 

They were taken to the supermarket storeroom, where a steel pipe was used in their assault. 

Beaten

According to Beauty, her son was beaten for about three hours. 

Sibanyoni was later found lying outside a clothing store, near the supermarket, bleeding from his head. 

He was taken home and the following day was taken to a local hospital, after which he was transferred to Witbank Hospital.

He was then discharged after spending a week at the hospital.

A few days later, Sibanyoni was again taken to a local hospital, and then transferred to the Witbank Hospital for a second operation. He had been bleeding and oozing pus from his head.

Sibanyoni died on 1 September, from head injuries, according to his medical report.

Viljoen, Terblanche and Nortjé are expected to face charges of murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and kidnapping. 

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