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By unknown | Feb 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

A man who attempted to rape his 13-year-old niece was found hanging from the rafters on the balcony of the Soweto house of popular mbaqanga veteran David Masondo.

Nkosana Dlamini disappeared from his home on Monday night after his sister had called the police to inform them he had tried to rape the girl.

Dlamini, 27, lived four streets from Masondo's house in Mofolo. Police said a passer-by saw Dlamini's body hanging from the rafters at about 4am.

The man notified a vendor at Ikhwezi railway station, who called the police. Dlamini had an assault case pending against him in Naledi after allegedly shooting a man in the leg.

His mother, Margaret Dlamini, 59, who lives in Naledi, said she did not know why her son had killed himself. "My heart is bleeding. Why would he want to end his life?"

A bemused Nomsa Masondo, the musician's wife, said she was asleep at the time and had no clue there was someone in her yard. She asked a sobbing relative outside her house: "Why did he do this? Why would he want to kill himself in my yard?"

A neighbour said residents had informed Dlamini's cousin about the body, but she was initially reluctant to go and identify it, fearing it could be him.

Jabulani police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubela said he could not confirm whether Dlamini had committed suicide. An inquest docket had been opened.

l Meanwhile, Nomsa had the protection order against her husband extended in the Protea magistrate's court.

Masondo refused to sign the protection order when it was delivered to his house.

He was to appear in court yesterday to explain his reasons for not signing the order, but did not show up.

The couple will be back in court today where Masondo is to face charges of assault.


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