Second man in court for double murder of Rafferty farm couple

Doctor Vukani Ngwenya, 20, appeared in court for the double murder of Glen and Vida Rafferty in Normandien.
Doctor Vukani Ngwenya, 20, appeared in court for the double murder of Glen and Vida Rafferty in Normandien.
Bronwyn M Singh/Newcastle Express

A second man accused of the double murder of northern KwaZulu-Natal farming couple Glen and Vida Rafferty, appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

“Doctor Vukani Ngwenya, 20, was charged with two counts of murder. The matter has been adjourned to October 26 for a formal bail hearing,” said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker.

In the court, two of the Rafferty family’s close friends watched the proceedings.

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The accused,who showed little remorse and who displayed an arrogant attitude, declined to be appointed a state lawyer and will be representing himself, the court was told.

Ngwenya was arrested on Thursday evening, October 15, and initially detained for questioning along with four other men, three of whom have since been released. The fifth is still in custody while police continue their investigation.

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Ngwenya will ultimately join Siyabonga Goodman Macu (29) in the dock. Macu appeared in court on September 28 in connection with the Rafferty murders and was denied bail. On that occasion a large group of protestors gathered at court to call for farmers’ safety and for bail to be refused.

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Glen (63) and Vida (60) Rafferty were gunned down in their Normandien home last month. Their farmhouse was ransacked.

-Newcastle Express

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