Wednesday, 03 March 2021

Harrismith: Three suspects, Xolani Hlongwane (30), Sakhile Hlongwane (33) and Khulekani Dlamini (27) from Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal, appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate court on Wednesday; the 03 March 2021.

They appeared in court on the alleged murder of Samkelo Maswazi Vilakazi (26) whose body was found with a bullet wound on the left cheek on the R714 road outside Harrismith on the 22 February 2021.

The trio already appeared in the Bergville Magistrate court on Monday; 01 March 2021 for possession of illegal firearm and possession of suspected stolen property after they were arrested last week for being in possession of a firearm and the deceased’s vehicle.

They were then transferred to Harrismith where they will appear on the alleged murder charge.

Maswazi’s body was found on the 22 February 2021 by a passerby who noticed the body of a male person lying on road with only t-shirt and short trouser. He was found with a gunshot wound and preliminary investigation discovered that the deceased’ vehicle, a white Nissan Tiida, had been hijacked.

The suspects might be linked to other crimes in Harrismith area.