Statement on the Resumption of the murder trial of the alleged killers of late Comrade Nkosinathi Zondi: Regional Chairperson of Mbuso Shabalala Region

5 October 2016

SADTU KwaZulu-Natal notes that the murder trial of the alleged killers of our Mbuso Shabalala Regional Chairperson Comrade Nkosinathi Cyril Zondi resumed on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016. Comrade Zondi was also the Principal of Nyonemhlophe High School under the Ugu District.

He was brutally murdered in the morning of the 9th of May 2013 at his home at Umlazi as he was preparing to leave for school and later to attend a SADTU meeting.

It is our firm view and wish as SADTU that the case should run up to its conclusion so that we can get answers to the many questions that remain unanswered and the circumstances that led to his brutal killing.

SADTU has and continues to put hope and trust to the authorities that justice will, at the end, prevail and that is the reason why SADTU is patient even though sometimes we feel that the case has taken long.

The year 2016 marks the fourth year since this case began and these four years equals the trauma that the family, the Union and public are having as a result of knowing that the real killers are still languishing out there.

Our belief is that those who pulled the trigger are not the real killers; the real killers are those who hired and issued an instruction to kill. Those are the people who are enjoying life as if they did nothing, they are moving freely yet they are so dangerous in the society.

These are the people who must have their day in court. We remain hopeful that our justice system will deliver exactly that. Lastly, we trust that this time around the trial will run without further postponements and that real killers will be exposed for who they are. The conclusion of the case will also relieve Comrade Zondi`s children as they will get to know what really happened to their father.

SADTU KZN therefore reminds members of the Union about the necessity of attending the case which is proceeding in the Durban High Court.

Issued by the Provincial Secretary Nomarashiya Caluza