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'Ntshongwana fit for trial'

2012-02-24 16:31

Johannesburg - A South African court ruled Friday that former Currie Cup rugby player Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana is fit to stand trial on charges of murdering three people with an axe last year.

"The court finds the accused is fit to stand trial," Durban high court judge Kate Pillay said, according to the Sapa news agency.

Ntshongwana, who played for Blue Bulls in the Vodacom and Currie Cups, was arrested in March 2011, accused of going on an axe rampage in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Media reports said he accused his three victims of gang-raping his daughter and exposing her to HIV, but police later said no such rape had ever occurred.

At his initial court appearance, Ntshongwana shoved police officers and spoke in tongues.

Ntshongwana's father told the court his son was bipolar.

In January, psychiatrist Soobian Moodley testified that Ntshongwana had not shown signs of instability during medical assessments, Sapa reported.

"Clearly, the alleged crimes were premeditated and deliberate and from my observation he could go on for a long time without relapse," he said.

Ntshongwana played for Blue Bulls from 1998 to 2001, earning nine caps in the Vodacom Cup and two in the Currie Cup.

AFP

Comments
  • a.j.bosch - 2012-02-24 16:41

    And this falls in the sport category? How? I used to play rugby and do athletics. On the off chance that I murder someone will you please put it in the sports category as well?

      a.j.bosch - 2012-02-24 18:31

      Tell me is it the fact that you use a pseudonym that gives you the courage to go around the net calling people names? Why not be a man and stand by the courage (or lack thereof) of your convictions and post under your real name?

      Thomas - 2012-02-24 19:28

      Shane! He is nowhere near being a world famous sports star!! As for calling people names and threatening to klap them because they have an opinnion!!! Grow Up!!!

      Wayne - 2012-02-24 22:21

      'World famous sports star'... hahaha. What world do you live in? At this point, one can more aptly argue that Phindile is a world famous idiot.

      Bootman - 2012-02-24 22:26

      Shane you are living proof that there is no cure for stupid.

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