Chetty mur­der sus­pect in dock

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

THE man ac­cused of killing Kelly Chetty made an­other ap­pear­ance in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day. Chetty, 40, owner of KSS Lo­gis­tics, was killed in a botched hi­jack­ing on Um­lang­hane Road in Avoca.

The ac­cused, Siph­mandla Buthelezi, was re­manded pend­ing his next court ap­pear­ance in De­cem­ber.

In May, Chetty stopped his VW Golf to buy veg­eta­bles when he was ac­costed by rob­bers who at­tempted to hi­jack his ve­hi­cle. When he did not give in to their de­mands, they shot him and fled the scene in an­other ve­hi­cle they had hi­jacked.

His 12-year-old daugh­ter and 9-year-old son were with him at the time and wit­nessed the fa­ther be­ing shot.

Hours af­ter Chetty’s death, po­lice traced the sus­pects to a hos­tel in Kwa­mashu. Two sus­pects were killed in a shoot-out with po­lice.

Buthelezi fled the scene but was later ar­rested at a clinic in Kwa­mashu where he had sought treat­ment for gun­shot wounds.

Sa­dia, who was also shot, was taken to hos­pi­tal where she later died.

Mh­longo said that the ac­cused acted in the fur­ther­ance of a com­mon pur­pose, which was to com­mit the crimes set out in the in­dict­ment.

Mkhize is due to ap­pear be­fore the High Court on Novem­ber 19.

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