A state witness has told the Verulam Magistrate’s Court how he became part of a group who attacked and killed a 16-year-old Hambanathi boy in uThongathi, north of Durban, in 2020.
Andile Bobo Mbuthu was killed after allegedly stealing alcohol from a local pub.
His cousin, Mlungisi Thabethe, a pub owner who was among the accused, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in April last year.
Five defendants are accused of murder and kidnapping. They pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A former suspect turned state witness in the 2020 murder of Andile Mbuthu has taken the stand at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court.
Andile Mbuthu – known as Bobo – was killed after allegedly stealing alcohol from a local pub. She is believed to have been kidnapped and beaten to death. The state witness told the court that he hit Mbuthu with a broom handle.
He further said that during the abuse, the young boy said he did not know about the alcohol he was accused of using.
He described how the late pub owner Mlungisi Thabethe slapped Mbuthu when he was taken to the establishment’s VIP room. He claims Thabethe filmed Mbuthu’s attack.
This video, which later went viral, sparked outrage in the community, who spent days trying to find the missing boy.
Mbuthu’s family members were present in court throughout the detailed testimony. His uncle, Ntobeko Ngidi, said it was clear he wanted to kill him.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, probably because of some issues and some facts, this is the first time we’re hearing about how he was beaten. In most cases, we just thought they were only held at gunpoint. To do what they did to our nephew, but from what we heard, no one was holding them at gunpoint right now. So they did it of their own free will, because they beat him several times. It doesn’t matter how long it lasted, but because of the size of his body and the material he was beaten with, I can infer and say that’s why he passed away.
The trial continues.
VIDEO | Trial of men accused of murdering Andile ‘Bobo’ Mbuthu in court:
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