Nyandeni official arrested for alleged ‘mob killing’

Finance portfolio head of the Libode-based Nyandeni local municipality, Zola Mevana, leader of ANC branch and SACP district, has been arrested in connection with mob killing of a man accused of housebreaking and theft.
Mevana, 47, is one of five suspects arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Phelo Makhunga, 31, of Ndayi village near Ngqeleni.
Mevena and his four co-occused - Sibongiseni Maganda, 31, Thando Mziki, 32, Avuyile Zide, 31, and Mnyamezeli Lulwane, 51, – have been in custody since their arrest in February 5.
They appeared at Ngqeleni magistrate’s court on February 8 until their next court appearance.
Makhunga died on the scene at Callaway township near Mevana's home at Callaway township in Libode.
Mevana ANC's Sowundla deputy branch chairperson and also SACP's OR Tambo district executive committee member and serves in the working committee.
Nyandeni mayor Mesuli Ngqondwana said he had only heard about the arrest only on Monday, but they have not been formally informed of the arrest of the whole matter.
ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayithobi, SACP's OR Tambo district chairperson Sibongile Sotshongaye and Nyandeni mayor Mesuli Ngqondwane all said the law must take its course.
The accused will be appearing in Ngqeleni magistrate’s court on Thursday for a formal bail application while Makhunga will be buried at Ndanya village near Ngqeleni on Friday...

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