Traffic boss was killed by five shots
Details of how Dlamini was killed emerge
IT appears that Msunduzi traffic boss, Phumla Dlamini, was shot in the forehead and when he fell to the ground he was shot four more times.
This was the evidence heard in the Pietermaritzburg regional court yesterday when Sifiso Hlengwa’s trial resumed after a year-long delay.
The delay was to do with him running out of money which resulted in his legal team withdrawing.
Legal Aid SA has now appointed an attorney to represent him.
Hlengwa pleaded not guilty last year to Dlamini’s murder on January 14, 2016 at the Washington Road headquarters. At the time, Dlamini was Hlengwa’s superior.
Hlengwa claims the gun went off during a scuffle.
State prosecutor, Oscar Sokhela, read out an affidavit by senior forensic analyst Renier van der Sandt.
He said that after studying what was given to him, he observed that Dlamini had a wound on the forehead.
It appears to have tattooing around it which indicates that the muzzle of the firearm was not more than a metre from Dlamini when the shot was fired, said Van der Sandt.
He also saw bullet impact marks on the floor in the office. These shots were fired down into the floor.
He said Dlamini was already lying on the ground when he was shot by the bullet that exited on the right side.
Ballistic expert, Warrant-Officer Sibusiso Nkosi also testified. He said the pistol used to kill Dlamini functions normally.
When the trigger is pressed, only one bullet is released. This means the trigger had to be pressed five times for Dlamini to be shot that many times.
When the four bullets were fired, the “target was stationary”, said Nkosi.
The city’s former municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, whose cross-examination was on hold from last year, completed it yesterday.
He said Dlamini called him and he told him to hold on as he was in a meeting. Nkosi held the phone next to his ear while he walked out the room.
“I heard Dlamini scream haibo, haibo. I then heard a loud bang that caused me to move the phone from my ear,” he said.
Nkosi tried to call him back twice but the call rang unanswered. Under cross examination, attorney Keshrina Mahabeer said that at no stage did Dlamini call anyone when they were together.
The bulk of the evidence contradicts Hlengwa’s plea.
Hlengwa said he and Dlamini had been involved in an argument that “grew heated” after he received a letter removing him from his post as the firearms control officer for the municipality.
Hlengwa said he had left the office and had a glass of water while trying to compose himself. Dlamini then called him back to the office and closed the door.
He said Dlamini pulled his (Hlengwa’s) firearm out of the waistband of his trousers. He then turned and grabbed Dlamini’s hands and they wrestled over the weapon.
During the struggle they both fell to their knees and the gun went off the first time. “A further four shots were fired in rapid succession,” he added.
He added he could not say if his or Dlamini’s finger touched the trigger when the gun went off.
The case continues on Monday.