Businessman charged with attempted murder
MANZINI - A well-known Manzini businessman on Saturday night allegedly shot two men during a scuffle in which a police officer was allegedly stabbed by three men.
The fight occurred at kaBhudla at about 3:30am after the businessman, Sifiso Ndlandla, who owns a string of bars around Manzini and Mafutseni, gave several men a lift after he had closed one of his bars at Mafutseni.
Ndlandla (25) of Mafutseni appeared before Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi yesterday, charged with two offences of attempted murder.
The charge was not read to him as he quickly told the court that his attorney was headed to the High Court to file a bail application.
The charge sheet states that, on June 2, 2012 at kaBhudla, Ndlandla shot Nkosinathi Ngwenya once in the stomach with a pistol, thus committing the offence of attempted murder.
Ngwenya is presently admitted at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital (RFM) where he is in critical condition.
When this reporter paid a visit to the hospital, Ngwenya refused to entertain questions posed to him and said his attorney had advised him not to discuss the incident with anyone.
"If my phone was able to I would inform him that you want me to talk about the incident, but unfortunately I cannot get in touch with him," Ngwenya said.
In the second charge, at the same time and day, Ndlandla allegedly shot Msongelwa Sihlongonyane once in the head with a pistol. Sihlongonyane was treated and discharged.
... Mafutseni cop allegedly stabbed in scuffle
MANZINI - A police officer based at Mafutseni Police Station was allegedly stabbed by three men during the scuffle in which a bar owner allegedly shot two men with a pistol.
The police officer, Mphumuzi Simelane, is currently admitted at the Manzini Clinic with a stab wound in the stomach. He was not on duty when the incident occurred.
Three men; Ndumiso Zwane (22), Mduduzi Zwane (30) and Sizwe Ngwenya (25), all of kaBhudla, appeared before Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi yesterday charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
When asked if they would conduct their own defence or hire the services of an attorney, the three men opted for the former.
According to information presented before court, on June 2, 2012, they allegedly assaulted Simelane with a sharp object on the stomach with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Bail was opposed by the Public Prosecutor, Nqobile Mhlanga, who told the court that Simelane was still in critical condition and still in hospital.
The men are expected back in court on June 14, 2012, pending the setting of a trial date. Meanwhile the Royal Swaziland Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Wendy Hleta, confirmed that a police officer was admitted to the Manzini Clinic after he was stabbed on Saturday.
"However, we have been informed that he has since been discharged from the clinic and is now in a stable condition," Superintendent Hleta said.
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