Love triangle turns fatal as teen is beaten to death over girl
A teenager from Jotsholo lost his life after he was fatally assaulted for having an affair with a teenage girl who was in a relationship with another boy.
The teenage boy was beaten to death by a six member gang comprising four siblings and their friends, some of them teenagers from Jotsholo.
The gang allegedly armed themselves with knobkerries and fatally assaulted the 15-year-old boy for having an affair with a teenage girl who was in a relationship with one of them.
Nqobizitha Masango (21) of Sikhali 2 village had a love affair with a 16-year-old girl before he discovered that the juvenile was also in a relationship with Thamsanqa Ndlovu.
He allegedly teamed up with four siblings one of whom is a minor as well as a 13-year-old boy, all from Tshongogwe village under Chief Mabhikwa to assault Thamsanqa.
The six allegedly ambushed Thamsanqa on July 24 when they found him walking across a maize field with the girl.
They allegedly clobbered Thamsanqa with knobkerries all over the body until he became unconscious before they fled.
Police discovered the body in an advanced state of decomposition six days later and arrested the six following investigations.
Masango and his three adult accomplices, who cannot be named to protect their minor sibling, appeared before Lupane resident magistrate for initial remand for murder while the 15-year-old and 13-year-old boys were released by police before going to court.
The reasons for their release were not stated.
The three adult siblings were released on $1 000 bail each after their lawyer Advocate Josephat Tshuma of Web Low and Barry Law Chambers successfully applied for bail while Masango was remanded in custody.
The four will next appear for routine remand on October 2.