Prince Manzini’s wife sues ANC for his murder

Prince Manzini's wife sues ANC for his murder
SACRIFICED: ANC Mbombela branch member Prince Manzini who met his untimely death over a political disagreement during a branch general meeting on 15 March 2020. PICTURE BY Facebook

The woman says the man was a breadwinner and his death has deprived them of everything.

The widow of murdered ANC member Prince Manzini has written a letter to the Mpumalanga ANC informing the leaders that she is demanding an amount of R10 million for the murder of her husband, lest she sues them.

The letter, written by the Mabuza Attorneys law firm, was received by acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu and acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali on Friday 7 August 2020.

It blames the ANC Mpumalanga for Manzini murder and says the party failed to “ensure that only accredited members of the ANC attend the meeting” where Manzini was cruelly killed on 15 March 2020.

It says the ANC should pay R10 million to his family, which will be divided amongst his wife Sandile Hlatshwayo (R3 million), 24-year-old son Benjamin Manzini (R3 million) and 17-year-old daughter Princes Manzini (R4 million).

“The deceased was killed due to your negligent conduct in that you failed or omitted to ensure that only accredited members of the ANC attended the meeting and you failed to provide security at the meeting given the fact that it was reasonably foreseeable that the aforesaid meeting could be violent,” the lawyers said to the ANC provincial leadership.

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Five men have since been arrested for Manzini’s murder and are identified as 37-year-old Nhlanhla Mabuza, Given Ngomane (31) and three brothers, Sikhumbuzo (33), Deon (27) and Duncan (31) Lekhuleni.

They were arrested on 17 July 2020.

They were allegedly brought from outside to enter the ANC meeting and disrupt it as the branch was seen as supporting acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu against Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane for the position of provincial chair.

The Mabuza Attorneys said Manzini’s murder has brought about emotional suffering to his family – “pain for grief, funeral expenses and loss of support”.

The lawyers said the people who killed Manzini were either ANC members or acting on behalf of ANC members and if the R10 million is not received by 26 August 2020 they won’t hesitate to take the ANC to court to force it to pay.

The family also said they are pained by the “utterances” made by the Tsipane-linked faction who come to court and support the accused in the murder case.

The meeting where the 45-year-old Manzini was killed was supposed to nominate candidates to the 13th Mpumalanga congress.

(edited by MLM)

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