By [CWSN] Hlophe
Thabani Mzolo (23) the man accused of murdering Zolile Khumalo (21) Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) student appeared in the Durban Magistrate Court for the third time.
Mzolo is facing charges of murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
As the Magistrate Motala was leaving the courtroom, Mzolo also tried to walk out of the dock and pulled a *zap* sign to the journalist and members of the gallery angering many, including Khumalo’s family.
He appeared for a formal bail application. At his last appearance Magistrate Mohamed Motala, heard that the 23-year-old had been previously convicted for assault and that the residential address provided was still in process of being verified. Not much information was given about his assault convictions.
Khumalo was shot several times and killed at MUT Lonsdale residence in the Durban city centre, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend. The brutal murder of Khumalo, a quantity surveying student, re-ignited a debate around gender-based-violence and femicide on social media.
Last week MUT Senior Director Mbali Mkhize said they wanted to show solidarity with students and family.
In a statement released by MUT, Mkhize said, “Gender-Based-Violence has no place in our university and we want to elevate this to the whole nation.”
In court, the magistrate revealed that Mzolo had given them the wrong address.
During Mzolo’s first appearance in court, he showed no remorse, when he grinned and gestured like he was pulling the trigger as he was led to the cells.
Khumalo’s family said “we did not know about her relationship with Thabani, she was our last hope in the family. A girl with vision and bright future ahead.”
The 23-year-old will remain in police custody until 19th of June while state tries to establish where he lives.
Khumalo was laid to rest on last Saturday at her hometown eShowe.