‘Black magic’ blamed for court case post­pone­ment

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

TWO Crime In­tel­li­gent De­tec­tives from Mtun­zini SAPS have blamed ‘san­goma’s black magic’ for the post­pone­ment of mur­der and armed rob­bery cases against three ac­cused.

The trial of Si­bonga Qwabe (34), Msawenkosi Nsele (31) and Sithem­biso Mn­guni (35), all from Nsiwa Re­serve out­side Mtun­zini, was sched­uled to be heard at Mtun­zini High Court on Mon­day.

The three are ac­cused of killing Malaw­ian na­tional, Moosa Saidi (31) dur­ing a busi­ness rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances which took place in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to a source work­ing closely with Cap­tain PJ Botes and Sergeant MP Nx­ele, when the three sus­pects en­tered the dock, a tra­di­tional healer was heard blow­ing a whis­tle in the court premises.

‘When the healer en­tered the court­room, Judge Ramos ad­journed the mat­ter un­til 10 June 2019. The three were ar­rested in March last year fol­low­ing an in­ten­sive po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘The of­fi­cers were frus­trated about the ad­journ­ment, point­ing fin­gers at the san­goma, as the case has now been post­poned more than five times, with­out any valid rea­son.

‘These two of­fi­cers are con­cerned about the death threats di­rected at the state wit­nesses, fear­ing that they might be si­lenced be­fore the trial re­sumes next year,’ he said.

‘How­ever, the court said the mat­ter was put on hold to have enough time to sen­tence Eshowe rapist Mzwandile Nx­u­malo (35) who was found guilty on five rape counts and of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty , ‘said the source.

Nx­u­malo, a for­mer taxi driver, was given three life sen­tences for rape and five years im­pris­on­ment on the lat­ter charge.

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