UPDATE | State argues against bail for Hulamin-accused in revenge killing case

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Former Hulamin employee and murder accused, Thanduxolo Zungu, allegedly arrived at work drunk, got dismissed and took revenge against certain people.

The investigating officer, Warrant Officer Rajendra Nagesar, on Monday told Pietermaritzburg magistrate Nitesh Binessarie why he believes that Zungu and his co-accused, Mlungisi Mncwabe, should be denied bail.

Nagesar said Zungu chose to come to work drunk and as a result he was dismissed.

“He was so vengeful that he had a security guard shot, two innocent people were murdered, a manager at Hulamin had his vehicle burnt and there was an arson attack on his residence,” he said.

Zungu, on his own, is charged with the premeditated murders of Nhlanhla Dlamini (48), a security officer, and his son, Collen Nkyanyiso (24).

They were killed on January 28.

“She was very traumatised and broke down in tears when she saw her assailant in the identification parade.”
Investigating officer, Warrant Officer Rajendra Nagesar

He is also charged with malicious injury to property. It is alleged that he set Mandlenkosi Thusi’s motor vehicle alight on July 14.

Thusi was the presiding officer in his disciplinary hearing.

Zungu and Mncwabe both face a charge of conspiring to murder Gugulethu Nzama (38) on January 19, and attempting to murder her the same day.

She was also a security officer at Hulamin.

In addition, Zungu and Nhlakanipho Gumede, who is out on bail, are charged with intimidating Thusi on July 15, at Hulamin. It is alleged that they told him to stop firing people at his place of employment. They are also charged with malicious damage to property for setting Thusi’s Isuzu bakkie on fire.

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Nagesar told the court that Nzama was on her way to work when she was shot and opened a case of attempted murder. Information was received that Zungu hired a man to shoot her because she was on duty when Zungu arrived drunk for work.

He added that she identified Mncwabe as the person who shot her.

“She was very traumatised and broke down in tears when she saw her assailant in the identification parade.”

“Dlamini was present on the morning that Zungu was tested and found to be under the influence of alcohol.”
Warrant Officer Rajendra Nagesar

Of the murder of the father and son, Nagesar said police received information that Zungu told someone he shot them both.

Thusi’s motor vehicle was set alight at his residence in Sweetwaters and during this time witnesses in the area had noticed a blue VW Golf driving around. A check was done and the owner of the vehicle turned out to be Zungu.

Nagesar said that the murders were carried out in a brazen manner and that the state’s case is 95% complete. He added that if granted bail, there is a possibility of Zungu committing the same or similar offences since he has the tendency to commit violent crimes.

He added that Zungu knows who the witnesses in this matter are and might interfere with them.

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He said that Dlamini was present on the morning that Zungu was tested and found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Prior to his death, he confided in his son and another close friend that he was afraid that something might happen to him. The friend, added Nagesar, responded that if anything happened to him Zungu would be a suspect.

Zungu had also approached Dlamini in an attempt to have the departmental charges he was facing withdrawn.

Of Mncwabe (the other accused who the state is also opposed to bail for), Nagesar said he has been positively identified as the person who shot Nzama.

The magistrate will deliver judgment on bail next week.

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