TWO Zimbabweans were stoned to death in South Africa, police there have confirmed.
Of the two dead, one was identified as United Kingdom-based Pre-Eminant Ndlovu who was visiting a close friend in Johannesburg.
The suspected killer’s mother checking on her son before heading to work walked in on two dead bodies on the floor of his bedroom in Kempton Park suburb early Tuesday.
She called the police who arrived to find her 36-year-old son trying to flee the scene. They gave chase and he was arrested.
Captain Pinky Tsinyane of the South African Police Service said the suspect had told detectives during interviews that he had killed the two men over suspicions they had stolen R800 (about US$105 or £66) from him.
Tsinyane said the suspect and the two Zimbabweans were drinking at Club 88 in Kempton Park on Monday night.
The suspect, she said, suggested they make a trip to Sun City. Ndlovu had put R100 petrol into the car.
They then proceeded to a house in Pomona, where the suspect claims he smoked drugs with the two dead men. But a fight apparently broke out when the suspect claimed R800 had been taken from him.
He then took the men back to his parents’ house, where he bound their hands, before apparently beating them to death in his bedroom with a large rock.
One neighbour, a young mother who did not wish to be named, said she was suspicious of the man because he constantly bought “creepy characters” into the neighbourhood.
Another neighbour, who is close to the family, said the suspect had a criminal record, but he believed he was “a good guy”.
“I didn’t think he was capable of this.”
In the UK, friends have been paying their tributes to Ndlovu, a highly respected medical professional and author of a book on medical ethics.
Ndlovu, who lived in Leeds, had a degree in nursing as well as a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law.
In 2011, Ndlovu – who specialised in acute healthcare and cardiology – published a book ‘Code-Red: The Ethics of Exterminating Lives of Entire Communities for Public Health’.
In his final post on Facebook on March 12, Ndlovu told friends: ‘Love AFRICA… Staying here for good.’
Shocked friends left messages on his Facebook wall.
“Another brother gone way too soon!! From holiday to this!,” said one.
Added another: “Pre, you said you love Africa, you are staying here for good. We didn’t expect this way. R.I.P we will always miss and love you.”