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Three to appear in court in 'racial murder' case

By unknown | Apr 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A third suspect in a "racial murder" case has been arrested and is expected to join his co-accused when they appear in the Pongola magistrates' court today.

Two people were initially arrested on Tuesday after the discovery of the body of a 22-year-old shop assistant in Ncotshane outside Pongola in northern Zululand.

Fearing a racial clash might erupt between Indian businessmen and the community, the authorities decided to move the court from Ncotshane to Pongola.

Skhumbuzo "Gonondo" Mbokazi was missing for two weeks before his corpse was found on Tuesday in the Jozini Dam.

He had been stuffed into a sack with stones and thrown into the dam. When he was found enraged community members gathered at night and torched the shop of the suspected businessman.

They also threatened his family and other members of the local Indian community.

Inspector Bonginkosi Mkhize said the third suspect was arrested on Wednesday "and this resulted in the case not going to court yesterday as it should have".

Mbokazi's grandfather, S'phithi Isaac Mkhaliphi, said the family was deeply hurt.

He said it was a double tragedy for him since he had buried Mbokazi's mother seven months ago.

Local councillor Jabulani Ngwenya said the community would be in court to oppose bail.


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