‘Axe man’ pleads not guilty
Former Blue Bulls flanker Phindile Joseph Junior Ntshongwana, also known as the “axe man”, has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including murder, in the Durban High Court.
Ntshongwana faces four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, one of rape, one of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well as kidnapping.
Ntshongwana promptly answered not guilty as state prosecutor Rea Mina read out each charge.
He stood with his hands behind his back, with one clenching a handkerchief.
Earlier, Ntshongwana, had laughed and chatted with his family from the witness box while journalists jostled to take pictures.
Ntshongwana is charged with murdering Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu in Montclair on March 20 2011, Paulos Hlongwa in Lamontville on March 22 2011, Simon Ngidi on March 23 2011, and an unidentified man during the period of March 20 to March 28 2011.
He also allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman on November 28 2010, Sapa reported.
His lawyer, Themba Mjoli, said Ntshongwana suffered from a delusional disorder.
A court earlier this year found Ntshongwana fit to stand trial.
This was after his father, Liston Ntshongwana, had testified that he suffered from bipolar disorder.