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Mufamadi's cousin on double murder rap

By unknown | Jun 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

A tavern owner and cousin of Provincial and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi appeared briefly in the Thohoyandou magistrates' court this week on double murder charges.

The Limpopo businessman allegedly gunned down a son and his father at their homestead in Tshisahulu village at the weekend.

The case against Takalani Mufamadi, 31, was postponed to June 12 for a formal bail application.

It is alleged Mufamadi and Shandukani Mulatedzi, 21, a close relative, had an argument at Mufamadi's tavern on Saturday night. Mufamadi allegedly chased Mulatedzi to his house where he shot the young man in the chest and head.

He died at the scene.

Thohoyandou police spokesman, Inspector Nkanukeni Raedane, said, when the victim's father, Elias Mulatedzi, 66, confronted him, Mufamadi became enraged and allegedly shot and killed the father as well.

Mufamadi then allegedly fled the scene, but was arrested on Sunday night.

The Mulatedzi and Mufamadi families are related.

The Mulatedzis and Mufamadis have reportedly been "at each other's throats" since the beginning of the year when another relative died under mysterious circumstances.

Mufamadi had apparently accused the Mulatedzis of being involved in the killing.

He claimed that they had allegedly "celebrated" after hearing of the relative's death.


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