Goalkeeper arrested after uncle shot

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Amazulu goalkeeper Mandla Sangweni has been arrested for allegedly shooting his uncle after an argument.

Johannesburg - Amazulu goalkeeper, Mandla Sangweni, has been arrested for allegedly shooting his uncle near Kwambonambi on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

Nono Sangweni, daughter of the 66-year-old uncle, Vusumuzi Sangweni, says her father was shot yesterday after an argument at his home.

Nono says the weapon used in the shooting belongs to another family member.

She said the incident took place after an argument about witchcraft in the family.

She says her father is in a critical, but stable condition in hospital.

“What I can say (is that) my father was attacked… He was shot in his yard. He didn’t go anywhere or out… to provoke anyone.

“His brother’s son… they came and then they quarrelled and then gunshots were heard.”

Mandla, the brother of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates star Siyabonga Sangweni, celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

Earlier on Friday, Orlando Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele confirmed that it was not Siyabonga Sangweni who had been involved in the shooting.

However, it has now emerged that the gun that was used by the Amazulu goalkeeper belonged to the Pirates defender.

“The gun belongs to Siyabonga Sangweni who plays for Orlando Pirates, but he (Vusumuzi) was shot by… Mandla,” says Nono.

Meanwhile, conflicting media reports on Friday suggested that Sangweni’s father had been shot, however KZN police confirmed that it was in fact the uncle that had been shot.

The confusion began when Orlando Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele told a media publication that Siyabonga’s dad had been shot apparently by a family member.


Commander at the local police station Colonel Brenda Mgenge confirmed that it had been Sanwgweni’s uncle that had been shot.


He was taken to a nearby hospital, and an attempted murder docket was opened, she said.

Saturday Star

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