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Five held over manager's killing

By unknown | Jan 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Police in Greytown, KwaZulu- Natal, have arrested five men in connection with the murder of the town's acting municipal manager, Phumlani Sidney Sikhakhane, on Sunday.

They are expected to appear in the Greytown magistrates' court tomorrow.

The suspects, aged between 22 and 26, are reported to have been on holiday at the local Lake Merthley resort when the incident happened.

Police spokesman Captain Joshua Gwala said Sikhakhane was killed when he intervened in an argument between the suspects and staff at the resort.

"They had accused staff of stealing their cellphones and the security guard intervened, but the suspects would not calm down and were aggressive," said Gwala.

Gwala said the suspects then took the employees' cellphones.

Emotions ran high and an employee was assaulted. Sikhakhane was called to intervene.

"He hurried to the scene with a colleague, Sikhumbuzo Dlamini.

"In the process of resolving the matter, one of the suspects stabbed him in the left eye and Dlamini was stabbed in the arm," said Gwala.

Sikhakhane was rushed to Greytown Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Gwala said an additional charge of assault could be laid against the suspects. They are in police custody.

The town's mayor, Petros Ngubane, said the community was angry.

"It would be in their interest not to receive bail because the community is angry," he said.

"We have received calls from angry residents threatening to avenge Sikhakhane's murder if they are released," he said.

Sikhakhane's killing follows the murders of Richmond manager Sanele Nxumalo, who was gunned down in Tongaat in July 2004, and Nathi Mthembu, manager of kwaDukuza, who was killed in a taxi feud in Stanger in October 2005.

Ulundi manager Joseph Masango was murdered in June.


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