Sunday Tribune

Gasa killing sus­pect ‘se­cre­tive’

The na­ture of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween rich busi­ness­man Nh­lanhla Gasa and the man charged with his mur­der, waiter Mbulelo Arthur Nt­lauzana, re­mains a mys­tery. Amanda Khoza and Mervyn Naidoo report

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MBULELO Arthur Nt­lauzana, 25, from Them­beni in KwaDukuza, has been de­scribed as a quiet, se­cre­tive per­son who had a weak­ness for women.

If that’s the case, what was the na­ture of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Nt­lauzana and Nh­lanhla Gasa, a ty­coon with up­per-ech­e­lon busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions and fa­ther of celebrity daugh­ters?

Were they in a se­cret sex­ual re­la­tion­ship that no one else knew about? Or did Gasa vi­o­late Nt­lauzana’s friend­ship on March 26 when he al­legedly tried to kiss him, re­sult­ing in Nt­lauzana al­legedly stab­bing Gasa to death?

Nt­lauzana, who is in cus­tody, is ex­pected to set out this week what really hap­pened be­tween him and Gasa.

Nt­lauzana’s grand­mother, Gogo Mtolo, wants noth­ing to do with him. She is still bat­tling to come to terms with the fact that the boy she raised is now charged with mur­der.

“I am shocked [at the no­tion] that he is ca­pa­ble of mur­der­ing some­one. He does not drink or smoke and is not a vi­o­lent per­son,” she said while tak­ing down clothes from the wash­ing line out­side her home in Them­beni, Groutville.

The el­derly woman de­scribed her grand­son as an obe­di­ent boy who loved soc­cer while grow­ing up. He went to Groutville High School but dropped out in Grade 12.

“I won’t go to court be­cause I don’t want to hear how he killed that man. This is not the boy I raised,” she said.

The fam­ily came from the East­ern Cape to Dur­ban years ago, seek­ing work. “His mother is a domestic worker. She is not tak­ing it well.”

Nt­lauzana al­legedly told his sis­ter the busi­ness­man made sex­ual ad­vances to­wards him.

Nt­lauzana has three chil­dren with two women.

When po­lice ar­rested him last Satur­day, he was at Dol­ley Mpanza’s home, the mother of two of his chil­dren.

At­tempts to speak Mpanza did not suc­ceed.

Nozipho Ng­wenya, 27, is the mother of his youngest child. The cou­ple met at the fast food out­let where they worked.

Ng­wenya said she last saw Nt­lauzana on March 23, the day be­fore the crime.

“We had a fight and I told him to leave. He was very se­cre­tive. He al­ways hid his phone un­der the pil­low and it was al­ways on silent and we fought about it be­cause I didn’t know what he was hid­ing.”

She said she was shocked to read in news­pa­pers that he had been linked to such a heinous crime.

“He wasn’t very am­bi­tious. He told me he wanted to be a body­guard and do a shoot­ing course,” said Ng­wenya.

“I don’t know if Mbulelo was gay. I don’t know what to be­lieve any­more be­cause he was so se­cre­tive,” she said.

The man­ager of a pop­u­lar fast food out­let where Nt­lauzana worked as a waiter for a year de­scribed him as a “wom­an­iser”.

“He was a very quiet guy. He liked the fe­male cus­tomers a lot. He was over-friendly with them. He didn’t come across as gay. Maybe he had a se­cret life, which no­body knew about.”

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 ??  ?? Above: Slain busi­ness­man Nh­lanhla Gasa and his ex-wife, Snenhlanhl­a. Above right: Gasa’s luxury home where he was mur­dered.
Above: Slain busi­ness­man Nh­lanhla Gasa and his ex-wife, Snenhlanhl­a. Above right: Gasa’s luxury home where he was mur­dered.
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