NFP councillor walks free

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File - The scene where IFP supporter Cebisile Shezi was killed. National Freedom Party councillor Mgezeni "Bhungu" Gwala, his son Celimpilo "Mjabelelwa" Gwala and security guard Skhumbuzo Nxumalo are accused of killing Shezi. Picture: Giordano Stolley/SAPA

Durban - Murder and attempted murder charges against an NFP councillor and his son were withdrawn by the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Trevor Levitt discharged the case against National Freedom Party councillor Mgezeni “Bhungu” Gwala and his son Celimpilo “Mjabelelwa” Gwala.

The third accused, security guard Skhumbuzo Nxumalo, would still face a charge of murder. Two counts of attempted murder against him were dropped.

The three were accused of shooting dead Cebisile Shezi on October 6, 2012, near the Thembalihle railway station in KwaMashu, after Inkatha Freedom Party supporters converged on the Gwala home, near the station.

Shezi was wearing an IFP T-shirt at the time.

The attempted murder charges related to the three of them firing into the crowd.

Jubilant NFP supporters erupted in song when the decision was announced.


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