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Newsline: SA murder suspect in US refuses embassy help

South Africa”s deputy ambassador to the United States, Johnny Moloto, said that the SA embassy in Washington DC had been formally informed of Madondo”s arrest last week and had extended “normal consular assistance to him”. “We sent him consular forms to complete so we could help him get in touch with his family, but he has declared that he does not want us to communicate on his behalf. Therefore, we cannot contact his family or comment on his arrest as long as he doesn”t give us the go-ahead because that would violate his privacy,” Moloto said. Madondo, 33, entered theUSon a student visa in 2008 to study theology. He is alleged to have shot dead FirstMerit Bank vice-president Jacquelyn Hilder, 60, in Akron, Ohio, on February 17; Maritzburg College old boy Zenzele Mdadane in Dayton, Ohio, on February 19; and a father and son, Bobby Gonzalez, 57, and Gabriel Baca, 37, at a motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Hilder was shot in the abdomen and chest after a failed robbery attempt. Mdadane died from multiple gunshot wounds. Madondo is said to have killed him to avenge a 2008 disagreement. Madondo was arrested inHouston,Texas, on March 28. Madondo, a former electrical engineering student who was expelled from theUniversityofDurban-Westvillein 2003 after being found guilty of corruption while he was SRC president, is being represented by a public defender.



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