'Mayor ordered hit'
Confession states they were promised R30,000 for the job, although they were only paid R3,000 with the rest 'to come later' - that's R1,000 each for murder
ONE of the accused in the murder trial of the Ehlanzeni district municipality's ANC chief whip has fingered former Bushbuckridge executive mayor Milton Morema and Somerset ward 25 councillor Douglas Mboweni as the people who ordered the hit.
In a confession read to the court by Captain Solly Aphane, accused Mondi Khoza said: "According to Velaphi John Ndlovu (the man who allegedly showed them where Johan Ndlovu lived and what he looked like), Morema and Mboweni ordered the hit."
The Nelspruit Circuit Court also heard how Ndlovu was shot and left for dead.
Lieutenant-Colonel William Mokonyama read to the court a statement, which ultimately became a confession, made by Bongani Mkansi, 28, on January 7 last year.
The statement reveals how tavern owner Velaphi John Ndlovu promised to give the men - Mkansi, Life Khoza, aged 23, and Mondi Khoza, 24 years old, R30,000 for the "job".
Judge Richard Mabuse accepted the statements made by Mkansi and Khoza as evidence.
In his statement, Mkansi said he received a call from Life Khoza, who asked him to come to his shack at Shabalala Trust.
"He told me that there was a job to be done. On arrival, Life told me that VJ Ndlovu wanted us to go and kill someone. That person was an ANC member and was from Hluvukani. Life said VJ Ndlovu would pay us R30,000 for the job," the statement said.
"I took out the gun and shot him twice in the front of his body. We carried him and put him in the boot," Mkansi said.
He said the three of them got into the car and drove off. He said they found two cellphones in the passenger front seat. He took one and Mondi took another.
Mkansi said they stopped the car and took Ndlovu out of the boot and left him on the side of the road. "He was still breathing when we left him there. We drove off."
He said on January 6, VJ Ndlovu told Life that he was happy with the job.
"He came to Life's shack and gave us R3,000 and said he would give us the balance the following day. We took R1,000 each," he said.
Johan Ndlovu was shot on January 5 last year in the Mhala district of Bushbuckridge.
His body was found by family members in the bush at Edinburgh village after an unidentified man phoned Ndlovu's wife Gift from her husband's cellphone and told her where to find him.
His car was found abandoned about a kilometre from where his body had been dumped.
Life Khoza was sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment in October last year after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to Ndlovu's murder.