Alleged political hitmen in court
Two brothers accused of killing a National Freedom Party member and a man accused of conspiring to murder ANC councillor Wandile Mkhize have appeared in court
- A man accused of conspiring to murder ANC councillor Wandile Mkhize appeared in the Ramsgate Regional Court on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
Dumisani Skhakhane, 33, would be back in court on August 28, Captain Thulani Zwane said.
Mkhize was killed in a drive-by shooting in Manaba, Margate, on July 30. He was gunned down near his home when he was with his friend Nhlakanipho Shabane, 24.
Shabane was wounded and spent three weeks in a coma before dying in hospital.
Skhakhane was arrested on August 7.
- Two brothers accused of killing a National Freedom Party member appeared in the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The case against Muzi, 29, and Xolani Ntuli, 32, was postponed to August 31 for a formal bail application. The men will remain in custody.
The two were charged with the murder of NFP member Mthunzi Gwala who was shot last month.
The court was filled to capacity with NFP and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.
Defence attorney Lourens de Klerk told the court that the senior prosecutor told him there were two confessions linking the men to the crime but had refused to divulge further information.
The prosecutor had refused to provide any DNA, fingerprints, eyewitness accounts and firearms linking Muzi and Xolani to the murder, he said.
De Klerk said he would make a formal application to get the two confessions and other evidence linking the accused to the murder of Gwala.
He told the court two other people were arrested with the brothers and they were tortured. Muzi and Xolani were also tortured, De Klerk said.
Gwala’s body was found lying on the road in Umlazi’s T-section with four gunshot wounds in the head.
“Police on Friday pounced on the brothers at Umlazi’s T-section while they were asleep in their room,” Captain Thulani Zwane said.
The motive for the murder was unknown.
The State would oppose bail for the two accused.