UPDATE: Hillbrow quintuple murder case set to resume at the Joburg Regional Court

The murder case in which Sabelo Ngubane is appearing on five counts of murder is set to resume in the Joburg Regional Court tomorrow, 19 April.

Ngubane is expected to appear with a legal representative following two previous postponements on 10 and 17 March respectively.

Regional Magistrate Simon Radasi granted the postponements on the basis of investigation outcomes and Ngubane’s recruitment of an attorney.

On 17 March, the court heard that should Ngubane fail to appear with a lawyer on his next appearance (tomorrow), the State would appoint legal aid on his behalf.

City Buzz has put together a timeline of events since the fatal shootings that claimed the lives of five people, including three women and two minors in Hillbrow on 20 February:

  • 20 February – Sabelo Ngubane allegedly shoots and kills three women and two minors in a ninth floor apartment at Madison Square, situated along Kapteijn and Claim streets in Hillbrow. Speculation of a love affair gone wrong is rife.
  • 21 February – News of the five-person murder breaks. City Buzz provides initial updates.
  • 8 March – A break in the case: Following an intensive police investigation, a tip-off from community members leads to the arrest of 29-year-old Sabelo Ngubane in Hillbrow. Ngubane leads police to his Alexandra residence where two unlicensed firearms – believed to be the murder weapons – are uncovered, including live ammunition.
  • 10 March – Appearing before the Joburg Regional Court for the fist time since his arrest, Ngubane faces five charges of  murder. State prosecutor, Talita Louw opposes bail and Ngubane is remanded in custody.
  • 17 March – Regional Magistrate Simon Radasi postpones the case so that Ngubane can obtain a lawyer. Ngubane is remanded in custody pending his next appearance on 19 April.


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