Mbabane: The businessman who killed a banker at the Mega Lounge drinking venue in Sidwashini last weekend has been released on E15 000.00 bail by Judge Ticheme Dlamini at the Mbabane Magistrate Court pending his trial. He was instructed to pay a cash amount of E3 000.00 and to submit surety for the balance.
The businessman, Sibusiso “Mahoota” Nkambule from Emvutshini in Ezulwini’s release is subject to a number of conditions. He was instructed to surrender his passport or other travel documents to the investigating officer at the Mbabane Police Station. Nkambule has been forbidden from applying for another travel document pending the outcome of his trial. He was instructed to report to the police station on a monthly basis, in person at the charge office between 8am and 4pm. This must be one every last Friday of the month.
Nkambule has been instructed to refrain from speaking or communicating with any prosecution witness in the case. He was told that non-compliance with any of the ail conditions would result in the cancellation of his bail and the amount paid forfeited to the state.
In an earlier appearance for his bail application Nkambule told Acting Mbabane Magistrate Simo Simelane that the deceased was shot unintentionally when his weapon went off during a scuffle.
He is accused of killing Bandzile Ginindza by shooting him twice, once in the left arm and then in the stomach. The shooting incident which happened on September 25, 2021, started when Nkambule walked into the Mega Lounge bar area and found his girlfriend in conversation with another man.
Narrating the story before Magistrate, Simelane Nkambule says “I requested to talk to her and while we were having our discussion we ended up arguing. One of her friends then intervened and before long a number of people had joined in including the security personnel of the establishment who started assaulting me.”
“I sought refuge in my car but the crowd started launching projectiles at it such as stones and bottles forcing me to escape on foot. I took my firearm and left my car in the car park with the keys still in the ignition. The car park was congested and I couldn’t drive away. I then received a phone call later from a friend who informed me that the situation had been diffused and I could return and collect my motor vehicle. Upon my return, I found that my car had been moved and parked elsewhere. I was told that my girlfriend had left with the keys.”
“This triggered another bout of anger because I really wanted to leave with the car. Another argument then ensued with the man who had allegedly given my girlfriend the car keys. It is at this point that the deceased approached me from behind and locked his arm around my neck. We engaged in a fight in which we rolled on the ground and at this point, the gun went off lodging the first bullet in his arm. This did not stop the fight however and as we continued the second and fatal shot was fired which ripped into his stomach.”
Nkambule explained that the whole incident happened very quickly and that none of them were sober. The bail application continues and Noncedo Ndlangamandla is representing Nkambule.