Swazi stu­dents in South Africa wit­nesses to Pre­to­ria mur­der

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Bodwa Mbingo

South African po­lice of­fi­cers claim that some Swazi stu­dents study­ing in Pre­to­ria were wit­nesses to the shoot­ing of 26-year-old So­phie Led­waba out­side Ayeyep Night Club.

This tran­spired dur­ing the ac­cused James Ngoasheng's bail ap­pli­ca­tion where Sergeant Jeremiah Mpiti con­tin­ued with his tes­ti­mony in which he de­scribed the 30-year-old as a vi­o­lent per­son. The of­fi­cer said he was against Ngoasheng re­ceiv­ing bail as he be­lieved he would in­ter­fere with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

"He is well known and knows wit­nesses re­lated to the mat­ter. Some of the wit­nesses are Swazi­land na­tion­als. Most have run away to Swazi­land and are afraid of re­turn­ing to school‚" he said.

On an­other note, the shoot­ing of the 26-year-old Led­waba might have been a mis­take.

This is ac­cord­ing to one of the own­ers of the club‚ who said footage in their pos­ses­sion does not in­di­cate that the ac­cused Ngoasheng‚ 30‚ in­tended shoot­ing Led­waba.

Ngoasheng is fac­ing a charge of mur­der and be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an un­li­cenced firearm dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion on Au­gust 21.

He was this week de­nied bail in the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court. "It didn’t look like he wanted to shoot her. The two were reg­u­lars‚" Kag­iso Set­setse told Sowe­tan.

"It seems like the girl ran and jumped into the Mercedes Benz Viano when an Uber they tried to catch was at­tacked by a me­tre taxi driver. From the footage‚ it looked like the guy wanted to chase her out of his ve­hi­cle by pulling out his gun but then he shot her with­out in­tend­ing to‚" Set­setse said.

He moved to dis­pel re­ports that the in­ci­dent hap­pened in his club.

In his judg­ment‚ Mag­is­trate David Shik­wambana said Ngoasheng's act of hand­ing him­self over to po­lice could be per­ceived as an ad­mis­sion of guilt and that he has a his­tory of vi­o­lence‚ de­spite not hav­ing con­vic­tions against him.

Sergeant Jeremiah Mpiti con­tin­u­ing with his tes­ti­mony said; "His con­tract was ter­mi­nated where he stayed be­cause he fought with other ten­ants.”

He said the ac­cused was due to va­cate his flat at the end of Au­gust.

Mpiti ex­plained to the court that Ngoasheng had pro­vided the ad­dress of his flat‚ de­spite hav­ing to va­cate it at the end of Au­gust.

"The ac­cused also does not have a li­cence to be in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and we are wait­ing for bal­lis­tic re­sults to de­ter­mine whether it had been used in other crimes‚" he said.

Mpiti was asked whether a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion was nec­es­sary be­tween the Ngoasheng and Led­waba con­sid­er­ing the stark dif­fer­ence in their physique.

"I saw her (Led­waba) body at the mor­tu­ary and did not at­tend the scene. She had a tiny build‚ but con­sid­er­ing the physique‚ it was not nec­es­sary for the ap­pli­cant to shoot the de­ceased‚" he said.

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