Murder files: Man in court after prosecutor gunned down

Mdumiseni Mduduzi Mkhize appeared in court for the murder of 36-year-old Sivenathi Ralarala, a District Court Prosecutor in Lusikisiki


A 45-year-old man who is facing murder charges for allegedly killing a prosecutor appeared in court this week

Mdumiseni Mduduzi Mkhize, 45, appeared in the Cradock Magistrates Court on Tuesday for the murder of 36-year-old Sivenathi Ralarala, a District Court Prosecutor stationed in Lusikisiki. Ralarala was murdered on Saturday 25 September 2021.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson for the Eastern Cape, Anelisa Ngcakani said that the state had alleged that Mkhize had arrived at the prosecutors house to speak to him on the night of the murder.

“It is alleged that during the evening Ralarala was at his family home in Cradock when Mkhize arrived and requested to speak to him. Ralarala went outside to speak to him and subsequent to this his family members heard gunshots. They found Ralarala lying on the ground. He died at the scene,” Ngcakani said.

She said police had immediately swooped on the murder suspect.

“The police swiftly commenced with their investigation and gathered that Mkhize and another suspect allegedly used a silver Hyundai as a getaway vehicle. Police located the vehicle the following morning driving along R61 from Mthatha,”  Ngcakani said.

Ngcakani said the police pulled the vehicle over near Tabase and searched it. 

“As the two occupants, Mkhize and a female police sergeant stood outside the vehicle, police heard a gunshot. The police sergeant had a gunshot wound on the head, it is alleged that she shot herself. She was rushed to hospital,” Ngcakani said.

“Police recovered a firearm, a 9 millimetre pistol with a magazine loaded with nine rounds of live ammunition and one cartridge. Mkhize has been charged with murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.”

The murder case was postponed to 8 October 2021 for formal bail application. 

“The NPA will oppose bail as this is a Schedule 6 offence which means that it falls under the most serious category of offences for purposes of bail,” Ngcakani added.