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Zwelisha ward councillor Mr T.P Dubazane addresses the community after the sentence was handed down.

It’s been a long week for everyone affected by the horrific Zwelisha murder case, but for the Dlamini family it was well worth it in the end.

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This morning Nkosinathi Malevu (29) and Siythemba Chango (24) reappeared in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court where they each were handed a life sentence by Magistrate Mrs Goosen.

After the accused pair spent approximately 14 days in custody since the body of 35-year-old Menzi Sydney Dlamini, male nurse at Zwelisha Clinic was recovered on the roadside in Zwelisha near Wembezi on May 14, and they were charged with murder.

On Wednesday afternoon, after a day of the Zewlisha community marching for justice for Menzi, the case was rolled over to Thursday for a possible plea.

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Bright and early on Thursday morning the Zewlisha community got seated in the gallery and awaited the plea of the accused. Both Nkosinathi and Siythemba pleaded guilty to the charge of murder against them. They both wished to be represented by a legal aid attorney, and Mr Ngcobo represented their case.

They signed a statement written on their behalf, which went on to explain the events which led up the murder of Menzi. The accused pair went out drinking the entire night when they had notice the deceased and a companion heading home.

The pair shouted out for the female companion and got her attention, they proceeded to ask her where she got money to buy beer from and she answered she had just bought three beers. They instructed her to ask Menzi if he had any money on him, she refused so they approached him themselves.

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After asking him and he had answered that he doesn’t have any money Siythemba had punched him and pushed him to the ground where he landed on a concrete slab.The deceased shouted at Siythemba by name and that was when they decided to kill him as he now knew who they were.

They severely assaulted him and used the concrete slab to beat him untill he died all while co-accused Nkosinathi assisted him. The pair dragged the lifeless body of Menzi and dumped it in a nearby storm water drain. It was a very somber moment when the post-mortem report was read aloud, it stated that the deceased suffered swelling to the face, multiple fractures to the head, bruises on the neck and internal bleeding.

Ward 15 councillor Mr T.P Dubazane took to the stand and spoke on how the community wanted to take vengeance for the innocent life taken. He also spoke on the unemployment and crime being rife in the area. At the End of the day Magistrate Mrs Goosen said she has a lot to taken into consideration before giving the pair a sentence and rolled sentencing over to today.

An anxious Dlamini family and community shed tears as Magistrate Mrs Goosen spoke on all the aspects she considered when she decided on a sentence. She added that she had to find a balance between the seriousness of the ‘barbaric’ murder and the fact that the accused are both unemployed and unmarried.

She also took into consideration that they were under the influence of alcohol but added that they had the ability to sift out a victim, plan the murder and  hide the body all with the aim of personal and financial gain. The gallery burst out in joy with screams when both Nkosinathi and Siythemba got handed each a life sentence.

Magistrate Mrs Goosen said, “This sentence must be a lesson to the community that the law will not accept such crime which is already so prevalent in the jurisdiction of the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court.”

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Danielle Greaves
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