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Professor Gregory Kamwendo’s murder goes to court

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WAS MURDERED—Kamwendo

The family of late Professor Gregory Kamwendo, who until his death was dean of the faculty of arts at University of Zululand in South Africa, is still searching for justice in the murder of the academic.

Kamwendo was shot dead on May 22 2018 at his home in Empangeni, South Africa.

The South African government commenced the case earlier this month after the arrest of two suspects Oscar Mthiyane and Selby Zweli Nkuna in November 2018.

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It is believed that the third suspect, who is allegedly the hitman, was killed when he was committing another crime.

The late Kamwendo’s wife, Juliet, said she received an invitation by the High Court in South Africa to be part of the hearing.

Juliet feels the Malawi government should have helped the family in the court process “considering the work that Kamwendo did for the country”.

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“I feel being outside the country should not make one less important to the nation or being viewed as not being patriotic. I believe if it was an American who was killed, it could have been a big issue. Yes, the matter is now in court but it needs to be monitored closely to see that justice is served at the end,” she said.

Juliet also said the family has not received any assistance from the Malawi Embassy in South Africa both during the time of the incident and afterwards.

She said she visited the embassy in Pretoria in April 2019, where she presented her case on how and where the embassy could intervene.

She further claimed to have written several messages which have apparently not been responded to.

But Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Rejoice Shumba, said they are not aware of the issue and asked for more time to find out.

Meanwhile, the lockdown in South Africa, which was declared as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, has resulted into the case being postponed to May 11 2020.

Kamwendo taught at Chancellor College from 1990 and attained the rank of associate professor in 2004 before leaving for the University of Botswana.

He went to South Africa in 2012 and was at University of KwaZulu- Natal from 2012 to 2016 before moving to University of Zululand.

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