JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s top legal guns will duel it out before eSwatini’s high court in a sensational trial in May in which businessman Sipho Shongwe is accused of murdering telecoms tycoon and sports administrator Victor Gamedze, the Times of Swaziland has reported.
Two bullets to the side of the head ended Gamedze's life as he pulled into a petrol station in Ezulwini in January last year. He had just watched his team Mbabane Swallows beat rivals Manzini Wanderers.
The wealthy football fan was a close associate of eSwatini’s absolute monarch King Mswati III and had made a long list of both friends and enemies.
Shongwe, who was arrested earlier this year, has been charged by the eSwatini authorities with arranging for three hitmen to carry out the murder. Two of the alleged murderers are South African and reportedly fled back over the border after the killing.
Both businessmen developed a questionable reputation by allegedly using mafia-style tactics and were arch rivals, according to Swazi media.