How cop was stoned to death, run over with car
MBABANE – The High Court was yesterday told how a bus conductor, pupil and others ran over a police officer with a car after stoning him to death.
The spine chilling incident happened on August 16, 2009 at Siphocosini when Kwanele Mncina, Skelemu Sithole and Andile Simelane allegedly stoned two police officers who were chasing them. The suspects were said to have been running away from the police officers because they were driving in an unroadworthy vehicle.
They were in the company of a pupil from one of the schools around Mbabane who has since been turned a state witness.
They appeared before High Court Judge Jacobus Annandale yesterday facing charges of murder and attempted murder in that they allegedly killed Daniel Matsenjwa and attempted to kill Londi Vilakati. They pleaded not guilty to the offences.
*Tsepo, the accomplice witness, yesterday told the court that on the day of the incident they were enjoying alcoholic drinks around Mahwalala hopping around bars in the car driven by Mncina. He claimed that later on that night they decided to go to town, to fill the car with fuel.
He claimed that Sithole and himself, decided to alight at Mvakwelitje to continue having drinks while Mncina and Simelane proceeded to the Total Garage Filing Station.
Tsepo claimed that they were to go to a friend’s funeral later, but upon Mncina and Simelane’s return, they enjoyed drinks at the bar at Mvakwelitje. He alleged that at around midnight, he and Simelane decided against going to the funeral and asked Mncina to ferry them to Mahwalala.
"We all boarded the van and proceeded to Mahwalala. Along the way, we found a police car, but passed it, but before we reached Hilltop, we noticed that the police were following us. The police sounded a siren indicating that we should stop, but Kwanele drove on at high speed. We did not tell him to stop," Tsepo alleged.
He also alleged that, "Instead of taking the direction to Mahwalala, we proceeded towards Siphocosini, because the car could not have turned around the circle since it was driving at high speed.
"When we reached Sigulaneni bus stop, we branched off to kaNyama and the police were still following us. Our car developed mechanical faults and the police caught up with us."
He said the police told them not to run away and one officer was able to catch him and Skelemu, while Mncina and Simelane stood at a distance. He claimed that the officer slapped him and asked him to show him the driver, which he did. He said at that point Mncina and Simelane shouted, asking whether or not the police were picking a fight.
He claimed that the other officer approached Simelane and Mncina, but he was pelted with stones. He said while the first officer tried to warn the two against throwing stones, they managed to let go of his grip and ran away to hide.
He said later, they emerged and found Matsenjwa sprawled on the ground and unconscious.
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