Murder suspect returns to court

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IOL pic nov14 court justice scales Independent Newspapers One of the men accused of killing two African National Congress branch leaders is expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Johannesburg - One of the men accused of killing two African National Congress branch leaders is expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

In an appearance in September, Samuel Cele, 34, chose to not apply for bail.

His appearance came a day after the Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced his co-accused Sifiso Khumalo, 31, to 22 years for the murder of the ANC's Oshabeni branch chairperson Dumisani Malunga.

Khumalo and Cele were also charged with the murders of ANC branch secretary Bheki Chiliza.

Malunga, 42, and Chiliza, 39, were shot dead while driving in Oshabeni in September.

Khumalo pleaded guilty.

In a statement of plea, he claimed Cele had arranged a hitman to kill Malunga, but that unknown to them, the hitman found Malunga and Chiliza together and decided to kill them both.

A third man, suspected to be the hitman, was later arrested. - Sapa


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