K-word sparked soldier

The air force candidate officer who allegedly shot and killed one of his examiners and wounded another was told he was a "redundant kaffir" who would never serve in the force, the Pretoria magistrate's court heard yesterday.

The air force candidate officer who allegedly shot and killed one of his examiners and wounded another was told he was a "redundant kaffir" who would never serve in the force, the Pretoria magistrate's court heard yesterday.

Samuel Mandla Madonsela, 37, allegedly killed Lieutenant Colonel Autham Stevens and critically injured Lieutenant Colonel Isak Karan when he went on a shooting spree at the Thaba Tshwane air force college on Thursday last week.

This allegedly took place after he was told to vacate the premises after he failed his exams.

Madonsela, who is employed in the Human Resource department at the Hoedspruit air force base, was granted R5000 bail.

He is facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

In his affidavit, Madonsela said he registered for the Officer Formative Course in February to April this year to improve his family's income but was "chased" from the college "as I was made to believe I was redundant".

He said he re-registered for the second time and when he was left with seven days to complete his course and graduate, he was told that he was a "redundant kaffir" who would never serve in any office of the defence force and who would die poor.

Magistrate CC Khoza said the case was a common one of wounds that were not healed by two opposing factions that were married together. "It's not the first time the court comes across a matter like this," Khoza said.

He said it would not be in the interest of justice to keep Madonsela in custody for a matter that might take a year to be finalised.

The case was postponed to November 30. - Sapa

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