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My client did not kill Zondi - lawyer

By unknown | Feb 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The bail application by two men accused of killing Umsinga chief inkosi Mbongeleni Wellington Zondi continues today at the Umlazi magistrate's court.

Zondi was shot and killed on January 22 while driving in the township's Z-section.

He is a direct descendant of Zulu hero inkosi Bhambatha ka MaNcinza who led a poll tax uprising against the British in 1906.

Makhosonke "Swayo" Mkhize, 25, and Sphamandla Mhlongo, 35, were arrested and a third suspect, former Maphumulo Taxi Association chairperson Bongani Mkhize, was gunned down by police.

ANC supporters packed the public gallery yesterday.

When the two men appeared before magistrate Chris Smith, it emerged that Mkhize's lawyer had not turned up because he had allegedly not been paid.

Abdool Karrim, Mhlongo's lawyer, argued that his client should be granted bail because he was unduly implicated by the first accused Mkhize.

"My client will testify that he is a member of Maphumulo Taxi Association and owns four taxis.

"He will also testify that he has two children and on the day in question, he was at home with his mother, children and fiancée.

"He will tell the court that he only read of the brutal murder of Zondi in the newspapers," said Karrim.

But prosecutor Ellianah Khuzwayo said the state would oppose bail using an affidavit made by investigating officer Inspector Sibusiso William Zungu.

Zungu said that 52 gunshot holes - from the rear to the front on the driver's side - were found in Zondi's car.

"Nothing was taken from the deceased, including his licensed firearm.

"Zondi was found dead in his car with several gunshot wounds to his right side and back.

"The vehicle that was used in the murder was found abandoned in U-section of the same township," the statement said.

The statement further revealed that the vehicle used had been hijacked two days before Zondi's murder.


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