The Cost Of Freedom: Man Killed After Court Declared Him A Free Man


They say freedom is never actually free, it always comes at a cost and most times, we don’t get to choose what the cost of our freedom will be. So is the fate of a 43-year-old who was killed in the parking lot of the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court in Durban moments after the court declared him free of the charges of attempted murder that had been laid against him on Monday.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the 43-year-old free man was accosted by three unknown men after he left court. The men engaged him in a little argument and molestation before they shot him dead and fled the scene of the crime. The crime has shocked the city of Durban and has left people asking questions as to who could be responsible for such a deadly act.

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Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said Sipho Ndlovu was one of three accused people who were facing charges of attempted murder until the matter was struck off the roll by the magistrate, setting them free of all charges that had been laid against them.

Police spokesperson Zwane, went on to say that the crime Ndlovu had been accused of was related to an incident which occurred last year in the Glebelands hostels in Umlazi.

In the case of the killing of the 43-year-old Ndlovu, the victim had sustained gunshot wounds to the body and had died before medical attention could get to him. Even though the suspects were said to have fled the scene of the crime on foot, no arrests have been made and the motive for the killing is still largely unknown.

While a hunt is still going on for the any reason why anyone would want the victim gone, a case of murder has been opened in the victim’s name. It has also been reported that crime is becoming more rampant in the Glebelands hostels with a major increase in the rate of rape, attacks, assaults, shootings and firebombing in the last year.

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The killing has really shocked the city and left a lot of people asking who could have had a good motive for killing someone that the law has seen it fit to set free. This is a clear indication of the fact that people now take the law into their own hands when the sentence passed does no suit their own personal needs.

The Police again calls for citizens to be vigilant in the things they do and to try as much as it is within their power to avoid crime and report any wrong doing to the appropriate authority.