The alleged killer of a Mangosuthu University of Technology student is “a high-flying” activist with political links and a penchant for the finer things in life.
Thabani Mzolo, 23, allegedly shot dead Zolile Khumalo, a first year quantity surveying student from Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday.
Mzolo used a Facebok profile under the name “Simkahle Kwandy Mnisi”, where he posted pictures of luxury vehicles such as Range Rovers, Jaguars and Mercedes Benz and a double storey house.
However, Sowetan has established that the cars and the property belonged to his benefactor. The pictures have since been removed from his Facebook profile.
According to a source who asked not to be named, Mzolo was the recipient of a bursary from a well-off KZN businesswoman. The source said Mzolo used the luxuries in order to draw attention to himself.
Rustenburg – The African National Congress in the North West says it is shocked at reports of an alleged plot to assassinate premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Acting provincial secretary Sussana Dantjie said they were “shocked and disturbed” by the alleged plot to “permanently silence” Mahumapelo.
“It has come to our attention that this plot involves hiring hit men who have already been paid a large sum of money and were apparently promised the balance once they have assassinated cde Supra. We commend the provincial chairperson for opening a conspiracy to commit murder case at Mahikeng police station. This is but one of several attempts at killing our provincial chairperson,” she said.
killing Mahumapelo, with the last one involving a councillor in Mahikeng,” North West government spokesman Brian Setswambung said in a statement.
Mahumapelo told the ANC provincial general council in Rustenburg in October last year that he knew of nine people who wanted him dead. In December last year his office said there was a threat to kill Mahumapelo and his family, and the mastermind behind the alleged plan was a former employee in his office and was allegedly working with a syndicate.
Dantjie urged law enforcement agencies to speed up their investigations and apprehend all conspirators of the alleged plot. The Hawks in the North West said they were investigating the alleged plot.
A wave of violent protests has swept through the North West, calling for Mahumapelo to resign. The ANC is expected to pronounce on his future soon
Carlos Carvalho was shooting scenes at Glen Afric County Lodge near Johannesburg – where ITV drama Wild at Heart is filmed – when he was attacked earlier this week.
Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set. He was flown to Milpark Hospital but succumbed to his injuries 8.50pm last night.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to Carlo’s family and friends during this very sad time. He will be sorely missed.”
Colleagues have taken to social media to pay tribute, describing him as a “wonderful human being” who was a ‘privilege” to work with.
The 47-year-old was reportedly thrown into the air and left with devastating head injuries.
He was flown to a nearby hospital after Wednesday’s but died that evening.
The award-winning cinematographer’s agent Sandi-Lee Slabbert told the Daily Mail that Mr Carvalho had been “headbutted” by the giraffe.
Award-winning filmmaker Carlos Carvalho died after an accident while shooting a game lodge in South Africa. He was tragically killed when a giraffe attacked him while he was getting a shot of the animal.
Carvalho had been working on the majority of a series about a British family who have set up a game lodge in South Africa. While shooting a closeup of Gerald the giraffe’s body and feet at the Glen Afric Country Lodge, the animal became “inquisitive” and headbutted him sending him 16 feet in the air and causing massive head injuries.
After the attack, he was airlifted to Johannesburg’s Milpark Hospital. He died on Wednesday night from his injuries. The announcement of his death was made via a statement on the film crew agenc is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho‚ one of our favourite DOP’s. Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set. He was flown to Milpark Hospital but succumbed to his injuries 20:50 last night. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Carlo’s family and friends during this very sad time. He will be sorely missed.”
Carvahlo won the Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 for a public service announcement for “Childline.” He was also honored in 2014 with an African Movie Academy Cinematography Award for his work on “The Forgotten Kingdom.”