Court hears of stu­dent’s grisly killing

Still no bail for ar­ro­gant Mzolo

Sowetan - - News - By Sandile Motha

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.

/THULI DLAMINI

Tha­bani Mzolo up­set the pub­lic with rude ges­tures in­side court.

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