Justice delayed for murdered Kaizer Chief’s Dlodlo

According to the Department of Justice, “Non availability of the Attorney on several occasions, absence of the Assessors and absence of the Prosecutor” has led to the delay of finalisation of the case of murdered former Kaizer Chiefs defender Cleopas Dlodlo.

Mbuso Dlodlo, a young brother of the deceased: fuming at delays.
Mbuso Dlodlo, a young brother of the deceased: fuming at delays.

Department of Justice spokesperson, Chester Mpane, said the case would be concluded soon. “The trial only started in April 2011. Several witnesses have testified and the matter is at an advanced stage. It will be finalised soon,” he said.

The retired footballer Dlodlo was fatally struck with a brick on the head during a Nightclub brawl in Hillbrow suburb in July 2009, killing him on the spot.

The case has been postponed more than 10 times according to family members. “The prosecutor and defence lawyer are playing Mickey Mouse games on this case. This shows that the accused indeed paid them to do this. We will appreciate that if the Justice Department hand over this case to new people maybe they can help bring closure to the family,” said a seething Mbuso Dlodlo.

Mechanic Tshabalala, an uncle of the deceased, said: “The justice team is the one failing us as a family in this case. How can they allow their prosecutor and attorney playing mind games constantly and stalling progress of the case? We don’t want a situation where some family members end up taking law into their own hand as a result of the justice system failures. Three state witnesses completed statements testifying against the accused last year in October and the case is constantly postponed since then.”

The accused, Knowledge Sikelele Dube, was found to be a Zimbabwean who fraudulently acquired South African citizenship. He is currently out on R2,000 bail and is set to appear in court again on next week.

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