Court hears of student’s grisly killing
Still no bail for arrogant Mzolo
Mangosuthu University of Technology murder accused Thabani Mzolo yesterday caused an uproar when he pulled a middle finger at journalists and members of the public seated in the public gallery.
This happened as magistrate Mohamed Motala was leaving the court after the proceedings. He had ordered that the accused remain in the dock until he had exited the court. Motala had to hastily comeback and reprimand Mzolo after a commotion ensued.
“Mr Mzolo, I had told you to remain sitting until I leave this court. What is wrong with you,” shouted the visibly furious Motala.
Besides raising the middle finger to the gallery, he also made hand signals indicating someone pulling a trigger.
A strong police contingent had to intervene after members of the public who had filled the court bayed for his blood. He was subsequently escorted out of the dock to the holding cells before being sent back to Westville prison.
Mzolo is accused of shooting former girlfriend Zolile Khumalo, 21, at a Durban student residence where she stayed.
At yesterday’s bail hearing proceedings, the Durban Regional Court heard how the deceased died gruesomely, much to the anguish of people in the public gallery, who included Khumalo’s relatives.
The court also heard that the accused first kicked Khumalo, who fell down and lay helplessly on the floor before he allegedly shot her twice.
Motala rejected defence lawyer Charl Claasen’s plea that Mzolo be allowed bail as he had a fixed address and that he would not evade justice.
Prosecutor Calvin Govender said the state was opposing bail on the grounds that the murder was cold-blooded and premeditated.
The bail application was postponed to June 19.
Thabani Mzolo upset the public with rude gestures inside court.