This case is taking long but as a family we will allow the authorities and the law to take its course without interference. The first witness testified last month and the prosecutors still want more witnesses, and hope this will result in justice for us as a bereaved family. We will patiently wait as we urge forward towards justice, said Dlodlos uncle, Mechanic Tshabalala.
We are horrified with this family (the accused); they never came to us or sent condolences messages during our bereavement. Furthermore they are not even communicating with us or negotiating an understanding peace as Africans. But they keep flocking court rooms each time the case is heard as if its a wedding or party. They are not showing humanity, we are very disappointed on their continued behaviour.
Dlodlo was allegedly killed by Knowledge Sikelela Dube, who is also Zimbabwean but had fraudulently acquired South African citizenship as confirmed by prosecutor Lisa Davy.
Dube, a resident in Alberton, is currently out on R2 000 bail. Allegations against him are that he hit Dlodlo with a brick on the head during a brawl at a Hillbrow pub, killing him on the spot.
It is believed that the former Zimbabwe international was restraining the suspect and a group of men who were fighting. According to court documents, the fight was a tribal argument that turned nasty.
Prior to coming to South Africa in 1995 to join Chiefs, Dlodlo attended Mpopoma High School while he played for Eagles before joining Highlanders, where he rose to fame as a no-nonsense defender.