You didn’t know we would meet again, ‘axe man’ told victim
“Yes, you did not know that we would meet again,” an axe-wielding Phindile Joseph Nthsongwana told one of his victims, the court has heard.
The trial of the former rugby player, dubbed the “axe man”, is under way in the Durban High Court.
Khangelani Mdluli testified today that he was walking home from work after 11pm on March 22 2011 in Lamontville when he noticed a silver-grey vehicle driving down the road.
The driver turned back and got out of the vehicle, carrying an orange packet.
“Why did you infect my child with HIV/AIDS?” he asked Mdluli.
“He told me not to keep asking him question when I asked what the name of his child was. After that he grabbed me by my sweater,” Mdluli said.
Mdluli did not run since he feared that the man he identified as Ntshongwana had a gun. But instead, he produced an axe.
When he raised the axe, Mdluli covered his head with both hands in anticipation of the blow.
Ntshongwana hit him in the stomach, he said.
Mdluli ran after Ntshongwana had released his grip. He was able to escape since he knew the area well.
Another witness, Siyanda Khumalo, told the court an axe was thrown at him, hitting him on his lower back the night before the attack on Mdluli.
He was walking back home around 9:40pm when he noticed a silver car. The vehicle had driven past him, then returned and stopped behind him on the road. “I felt that someone was following me,” he said.
He continued walking, picking up the pace.
Later, a man ran into the road and grabbed him from behind by the collar of his shirt. “He held a red plastic bag with his right hand and grabbed me with his left hand. I struggled with him and managed to set myself free. Then I ran,” Khumalo testified.
He did not have a good look at his assailant but described his attacker as a “tall man in dark clothes”.
A 27-year-old rape victim, whose evidence was interrupted after she broke down yesterday, will continue giving evidence tomorrow.
Ntshongwana has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well as rape and kidnapping charges.