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We were just young boys looking for drugs - convicted killer comes clean

A convicted killer who was part of a gang that killed a doctor has now come out clean on why he committed the crime. 

Siyabonga Dlamini was part of a gang of three men involved in the brutal shooting of Dr Nhlanhla Masuku in his Entokozweni surgery in H2 section in December 2002. He spoke emotionally to the community amid a strong police and security presence at the township’s Methodist church. 

The event, hosted by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), was part of an ongoing campaign aimed at keeping as many people as possible away from prison through reconstruction of family units and community systems, victim support and empowerment, and rehabilitation of those already incarcerated. 

‘We were just young boys out looking for drugs in the night, and ended up convincing each other to rob the doctor’s surgery,’ said Dlamini. ‘Mpho Mdletshe decided that he was the one who would carry the gun as we had rehearsed a plan to earn his trust. ‘Mdletshe entered the consulting room with the doctor and within barely a minute, I heard a gunshot.'

Dlamini, who had been waiting at reception, said the gunman came running out of the room and they immediately fled the scene.

Dr Masuku died as a result of a gunshot wound that entered his heart through the arm.

He was known as a loving father of three, described as a respected district surgeon, dedicated to saving lives.

The trio was eventually apprehended by police and Dlamini was then sentenced in June 2003 to life imprisonment at Westville Correctional Centre, with an additional 15 year sentence for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Following Dlamini's apology, an open dialogue was facilitated where community members and the Masuku family were permitted to add comments or ask questions.

This crucial and emotional session provided much needed clarity on numerous rumours which surrounded Dr Masuku's death, including allegations of him dealing in drugs.

Source: Zululand Observer - Monday Mon, Nov 8, 2021

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DCS Department of Correctional Services Dlamini Mdletshe Siyabonga Dlamini


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