OSCAR Hlatshwayo, executive director of engineering and infrastructure services at the Alfred Duma (Emnambithi-Ladysmith) local municipality, was allegedly killed because he instructed a subordinate to terminate a company’s contract.
The company was apparently not producing what it was paid to do. The subordinate, Nomaswazi Shabalala, a director in infrastructure and technical services, is currently being held at Westville Prison for orchestrating Hlatshwayo’s murder and is applying for bail. Her three co-accused – Nqobile Ngcobo, Mondli Mabaso, and Mduduzi Njuza – are being held at Ladysmith Prison.
According to evidence led at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court by investigative officer Constable Muziwamadoda Kubheka, the murder was first plotted over a braai in Riverside.
Cellphone records show that it all began in late December, with Hlatshwayo murdered on February 7 this year.
Kubheka said eight people were implicated in the murder. Three, including Sh