IFP MEMBER OUT ON BAIL
By Zimasa Matiwane
An Inkatha Freedom Party youth leader who was arrested for the attempted murder of two National Freedom Party members was granted R2000 bail by the Ntuzuma Magistrates court yesterday.
Sifiso Vincent Khumalo was charged with the attempted murder of Nomusa Nhlenyana and Zama Sithole in February 2014 following a shooting that occurred at KwaMashu. Nhlenyana and Sithole were allegedly shot by Khumalo while campaigning for NFP at KwaMashu Hostel.
From a public gallery, IFP and NFP supporters listened attentively while the magistrate read out Khumalo’s bail conditions. The court ordered Khumalo, who previously resided in KwaMashu to move Mbumbulu, South of Durban. The accused was also told to report to a nearest police station daily and not intimidated witnesses or interfere with the investigation in any way. If he fails to comply with these conditions, he will be arrested immediately and forfeit his bail, the court said.
Mduduzi Nkosi, IFP eThekwini regional spokesperson alleges that Khumalo is being framed. Nkosi said, “The people present at the march told me that Khumalo was at the front singing, logically it does not make sense how he could have been the shooter. We as the IFP do not condone violence and certainly do not retain criminals within our organisation. However we have not stripped Khumalo of his membership because we do not believe that he is guilty. We still hope that the real culprit will be found and that justice takes its course,” said Nkosi.
The NFP had not responded by the time of publication.
The trial will resume on the 25th of April 2014.