Family of teen murdered at 2016 Dundee July believes justice has let them down

Ntandoyenkosi's father, Mandla Ndlovu of Msinga, has travelled five times to Dundee to attend the hearings.

The Ndlovu family believe the justice system has failed them after four people, charged with the murder of their teenage son, were let off the hook.
Ntandoyenkosi Nhlanhla Ndlovu, 18, was attacked, robbed and murdered while walking in the Muzomvsha area, Sibongile, in the early hours of July 17, 2016, after enjoying the Dundee July music show at the Rural Horse Riding Track.
Ntandoyenkosi was robbed of his IPAD phone, All Star takkies and cash. He was stabbed to death by the three men and one woman who attacked him.
It is believed that earlier in the evening, his younger brother, Sihle, had also been attacked by the same group and stabbed in the leg. Ntandoyenkosi’s body was found by police detectives, Warrant Officers Nkabini and Manyathela.
An investigation followed and in March this year a breakthrough was made and three men and a woman arrested and charged. The All Star takkies were also recovered.
Ayanda Nkabinde of France location, Siphamandla Ngcobo of extension 18, Philani Mathe of extension 18 and Thobile Mbhense of extension 18 were kept in custody after the State successfully opposed bail. Eventually, Mathe turned State witness and gave a full statement to the police.

“I was in shock. Thank goodness my wife was not with me otherwise there would have been problems.”
Ntandoyenkosi’s father, Mandla of Msinga, has travelled five times to Dundee to attend the hearings. On July 20, the four accused were to appear in the Dundee Regional Court and Mr Ndlovu said the family was confident that they would get justice and closure.
It was not to be. “My transport was late and I arrived a bit late for the hearing. To my shock, I found the four accused and their relatives all outside the Court making a noise, celebrating. I asked what was going on and was told that the State had said that the State witness’s statement was conflicting and based on that, they could not prosecute the four accused and they were simply released,” Mr Ndlovu told the Courier.
“I was in shock. Thank goodness my wife was not with me otherwise there would have been problems.” He believes the justice system has failed his family. “It is not fair… these people were kept in custody for months and they are now free to go. Sorry, but there could be problems here.” Mr Ndlovu said Ntandoyenkosi was a student at Majuba College studying electrical engineering and stayed in Sibongile and travelled home to Msinga when he could. His dream of graduating ended with his brutal death on a dark winter’s morning.
The Courier has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions for comment and their statement will be published when and if our queries are answered.

Terry Worley

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