Man killed in mob attack

Knife

Avela Cetshwayo (26) was allegedly attacked and murdered by a group of men, including juveniles, in Oswanini Area, Malangeni on Sunday, March 4, at 3:30pm.

The body was removed to the Park Rynie State mortuary for a post mortem investigation to be conducted.

It is alleged that a group of youngsters had gone to a local tavern to buy cigarettes when they became embroiled in a quarrel with some of the patrons at the tavern.

Some of the patrons chased the youngsters who ran back to their homestead.

The tavern patrons began demanding that the boys come out and they began pelting the house with stones, smashing windows in the process. Others joined the youngsters and launched a revenge attack on the patrons who retreated hastily. However, the group from the homestead managed to catch up with two of the men.

While they were being beaten up, one succeeded in escaping from the boys. A bushknife, knives and sticks were used to assault the man. Paramedics who attended the scene, pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Detective Warrant Officer Sugan Pillay, Detective Sergeants Nomalen Pillay and Nonhlanhla Ndovela and Detective Constables Erasmus Mbutho and Sthembiso Gumede, responded to the report of the killing and almost immediately, arrested five suspects.

Working tirelessly through the day, another three suspects were arrested and police seized six knives suspected to have been used in the attack, as exhibits. Nkosinathi Innocent Gumede (25), Thobani Hlongwane (20), Sbonelo Msomi (22) and five juveniles aged between 15 and 17 years appeared in the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 6.

The case was remanded to Monday, March 12 for a bail application hearing and was further remanded until Monday, March 19.

The adults are in police custody while the juveniles are being held in a place of safety. The case is being investigated by Constable Sthembiso Gumede of the Umzinto SAPS Detective Service.

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MSCRS Reporter

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