muso dies after attack in pub

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

"I want the Bluff community to take my grandson's killing very peacefully."

These were the words of the distraught granny whose grandson died on Saturday of an injury sustained in a suspected racial attack at a local pub a week ago.

Edna Mbesa urged the community to give him a dignified farewell.

Terry Mbesa, 24, an up-and-coming musician on the Bluff, south of Durban, was stabbed with a broken beer bottle in the head by two men.

He died in hospital after being on life-support machines for several days.

Police spokesman Jay Naicker said Terry came to the station to lay charges the day after the incident, but was admitted to hospital later that day.

Naicker said on Monday, through the assistance of a video footage, two suspects Christopher Herbert, 21, and James Nel, 36, were arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.

They are out on bail and are expected to appear in court again on March 3, on charges of culpable homicide.

Naicker said there are allegations that the incident was racially motivated and the video was now with the police as part of the investigation.

Although Mbesa said she has not viewed the video, she said neighbours who have seen it are unhappy.

"The community is bitter because it suggested that the attack was racially motivated," said Mbesa.

The night that her grandson was stabbed, he had just finished what most of his fans described as his best ever performance at Bok Town.

After the attack, Mbesa had returned home bud did not tell anyone about the incident until the next morning when severe headaches became unbearable.

He was admitted to hospital, but his condition worsened later that evening and he was declared brain dead the following day.

Mbesa's mother, Gugu Akorli, who lives in the UK has come back home.

"He called me on Friday, the day he was attacked shortly before he performed," she said.

"If I only knew that I was speaking to him for the last time."