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Arson added to official's murder, kidnap charges

By unknown | Sep 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A senior official from the Department of Labour in Pretoria charged with murder, attempted murder and kidnapping will appear in court again next week for a possible bail hearing.

Brighten Musa Sithole, 39, was a fugitive from the law for a month until his arrest last Wednesday in Umlazi near Durban.

Sithole appeared in the Mdutjana magistrate's court in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga, on Friday.

He was not represented and his case was postponed to next Monday so he can find a lawyer and possibly apply for bail.

His court appearance attracted local residents who jostled to catch a glimpse of him as he was led into the court buildings.

Some of the angry residents resolved to organise a demonstration outside the court buildings during his next appearance.

On August 15, Sithole's girlfriend, a senior official in the Department of Transport in Pretoria, went to attend a family gathering in Siyabuswa.

When he could not find her that night, he allegedly terrorised family members. Margaret Kolobe, 22, who was carrying her four-day-old baby in her arms, was stabbed to death.

Sithole also allegedly wounded Themba Mahamba and Gabisile Kolobe, 19, and kidnapped the sickly Nhlanhla Mnguni, 20, as well as Given Mnguni, 14, in his underwear, and drove to KwaZulu-Natal with him.

He released him two days later and gave him money to return home to Mpumalanga.

Sithole is also facing a further charge of arson following allegations that on the same night as the Siyabuswa rampage, he torched his girlfriend's house in Pretoria.


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