CELEB WATCH Phuzekhemisi shoots his band mem­ber

The leg­endary Maskandi singer is fac­ing an at­tempted mur­der charge

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Pheto Ra­makobya

PHUZEKHEMISI (55), real name Zi­bok­wakhe Mnyandu, faces charges of at­tempted mur­der af­ter he shot his band mem­ber, who is fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the maskandi singer said that he too nearly lost his life when he was shot by peo­ple close to him. It’s al­leged that the peo­ple that shot him, took his gun and ran away with it. The veteran singer ap­peared in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trates’ Court in De­cem­ber, with a swollen face and stitches on his fore­head. Mag­is­trate Var­nita Army looked past his celebrity sta­tus and granted pho­tog­ra­phers per­mis­sion to take pho­tos in court. This was af­ter Phuzekemisi’s lawyer at­tempted to pre­vent the me­dia from tak­ing pho­tos, ar­gu­ing that it would hurt the muso’s mu­sic ca­reer.

THE SHOOTING

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, KwaZulu-Natal po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala, stated that Phuzekemisi and two of his band mem­bers were in a car in Amanz­im­toti when an ar­gu­ment en­sued, which led to the shooting.

It is said that Phuzekhemisi shot his band mem­ber in the stom­ach, chest and leg. Ac­cord­ing to Cap­tain Nqo­bile, the man was rushed to hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Phuzekhemisi was ar­rested and charged. In the state­ment read out in court, it was re­vealed that Phuzekhemisi was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when the in­ci­dent oc­curred and that he broke the law by car­ry­ing a firearm while un­der the in­flu­ence. Phuzekhemisi was granted R3 000 bail and his next court date is set for 15 Fe­bru­ary.

HIS LUCKY ESCAPE

Days be­fore the leg­endary maskandi star shot his band mem­ber, the star had a brush with death af­ter he sur­vived what could’ve been a fa­tal shooting. It was re­ported that the singer was al­most shot in the head by two men known to him but the bul­let only grazed him. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Phuzekhemisi’s ver­sion of events is dif­fer­ent.

Phuzekhemisi told a lo­cal news­pa­per that the two men came to his house on a Sun­day af­ter­noon and asked him to come with them. For the fact that he knew the men, he didn’t sus­pect any­thing. The muso ex­plained that while walk­ing away from his house, he got the shock of his life when the two men pulled out their firearms and pointed them in his di­rec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to what was re­ported the sus­pects took Phuzekhemisi’s gun be­fore shooting him. The bul­let grazed his fore­head. He was rushed to hos­pi­tal and was later dis­charged.

TAXI VI­O­LENCE

Ap­par­ently the muso re­fused to re­veal the iden­ti­ties of the sus­pects as he al­legedly wanted to talk to them first. The maskandi star added that he doesn’t know what pushed the two men to turn against him.

He even told the news­pa­per that it can’t be re­lated to the taxi busi­ness be­cause he has sold all his taxis. When con­tacted for com­ment Phuzekhemisi re­fused to com­ment, say­ing that the mat­ter is in the hands of the po­lice.

WHAT PUSHED THE MEN TO TURN AGAINST HIM?

Phuzekhemisi was al­legedly at­tacked be­fore he shot his band mem­ber

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