‘All we want are Te­bogo’s bones for clo­sure’

Pretoria News - - NEWS - MOLAOLE MONTSHO

THE fam­ily of Te­bogo Ndlovu, who went miss­ing in Au­gust last year while al­legedly steal­ing oranges at a farm near Ma­jaka­neng, near Brits, have put their faith in God.

“God shall an­swer for us. We will never ever see Te­bogo again, but we have ac­cepted ev­ery­thing be­cause there is noth­ing we can do,” his aunt, Nancy Sek­go­b­ela, said.

“All the fam­ily want are his bones or his clothes to find clo­sure.” The case against a farmer’s son, ac­cused of the mur­der of Ndlovu, was on Mon­day dis­charged at the Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria.

Matthew Ben­son, 24, was cleared of all charges, which in­cluded mur­der and at­tempted mur­der af­ter his le­gal team ap­plied to the court for him to be re­leased un­der sec­tion 174 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act. The State con­ceded that it had no case against Ben­son.

Ndlovu, 24, went miss­ing on Au­gust 2, 2017, af­ter he was ap­par­ently shot, al­legedly by Ben­son. Ndlovu and two of his cousins had al­legedly gone to farm G11 in Mooinooi near Ma­jaka­neng to steal oranges, but when they ar­rived at the farm re­alised they did not have bags in which to put the oranges, and re­port­edly went to look for scrap metal.

Ben­son spot­ted them and al­legedly chased them while shoot­ing at them. Ndlovu was re­port­edly hit in the leg, and his friends ap­par­ently at­tempted to carry him while flee­ing from Ben­son, but found he was too heavy and left him be­hind un­der a tree. He has not been seen since. His cousins es­caped un­harmed. Ma­jaka­neng res­i­dents waged a vi­o­lent protest af­ter Ndlovu went miss­ing.

A num­ber of ve­hi­cles were torched, while the N4 and R104 roads be­tween Pre­to­ria and Rusten­burg, and the R566 link­ing Pre­to­ria and Sun City were bar­ri­caded. Many res­i­dents also protested at the Brits Mag­is­trate’s Court dur­ing a bail hear­ing. – African News Agency (ANA)

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