Mur­der sus­pect shows court mid­dle fin­ger

The Mercury - - NEWS - Nosipho Mn­goma

BE­ING in­side the room in which Man­go­suthu Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (MUT) stu­dent Zolile Khu­malo was killed, proved too much for her rel­a­tives yes­ter­day. Some had ar­rived be­fore her body was taken to the mor­tu­ary on the fate­ful day.

Yes­ter­day they held on to each other while another rel­a­tive left the room at the Lons­dale res­i­dence in the Dur­ban CBD, cry­ing.

The visit was part of Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Bon­gani Mkongi’s in­spec­tion of MUT res­i­dences and he was told how the 21-year-old stu­dent’s body was found af­ter she was shot three weeks ago.

She had ap­par­ently been sit­ting at a study desk near the door when her ex-boyfriend, Tha­bani Mzolo, al­legedly forced his way into the first floor room and shot her twice.

Mzolo ear­lier ap­peared at the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court where State pros­e­cu­tor Calvin Govender told the court that he had kicked Khu­malo as she lay bleed­ing on the floor.

Mzolo is charged with Khu­malo’s mur­der which the court heard was pre­med­i­tated, as well as the pos­ses­sion of an il­le­gal firearm.

Once his mat­ter was ad­journed to June 19, for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion, he showed the mid­dle fin­ger, much to the ire of mag­is­trate Mo­hamed Mo­tala.

At his first court ap­pear­ance, he had made signs of pulling a trig­ger.

Af­ter court, Mkongi said Mzolo’s ac­tion made him very an­gry. He said show­ing the court the mid­dle fin­ger sug­gested that Mzolo was pre­pared to kill again and did not re­spect any­one.

“We are happy that the case was post­poned, he is still go­ing to (be in) the drain for the whole month, he de­serves many years (in jail) be­cause he is go­ing to kill again,” said Mkongi.

At Lons­dale, he ques­tioned the safety of stu­dents at the res­i­dence which does not have bur­glar bars on the win­dows. While the en­trance has ac­cess con­trol, Mzolo had al­legedly signed into the res­i­dence us­ing a false name.

Mkongi said the safety of the stu­dents was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the univer­sity man­age­ment. Their plans to tighten se­cu­rity were among the is­sues dis­cussed at a meet­ing with MUT ex­ec­u­tives yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Fol­low­ing Khu­malo’s mur­der, the univer­sity had un­der­taken to in­stall metal de­tec­tors at their 19 ex­ter­nal res­i­dences which house al­most 6 000 stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the univer­sity, Lons­dale housed the most, 661 stu­dents, and had six se­cu­rity guards dur­ing the day and six at night, while other res­i­dences have a max­i­mum of three guards.

Ac­cord­ing to The Mer­cury’s sis­ter news­pa­per, Isolezwe, two se­cu­rity guards were ar­rested at the res­i­dence af­ter a raid by the Pri­vate Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Psira).

The 30 and 32-year-old men were taken to po­lice by the author­ity as they were not reg­is­tered to work as se­cu­rity guards.

Psira spokesper­son, Tal­ent Zwane, said they had been do­ing in­spec­tions at stu­dent res­i­dences since Khu­malo’s mur­der. Their in­ter­est in Lons­dale was to find out how Mzolo had en­tered a guarded res­i­dence with a gun.

“We sus­pect that the peo­ple hired do not have the cor­rect doc­u­ments to be se­cu­rity guards,” Zwane said.


Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Bon­gani Mkongi stands with Viyase Dass, of Dass Build­ings, which owns the Lons­dale res­i­dence, yes­ter­day in the room where Man­go­suthu Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dent Zolile Khu­malo was killed.

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