Ndabeni was rushed to Queenstown Private Hospital and later transferred to Life St Dominic's Hospital in East London on Sunday. He has since been moved from the ICU.
A friend of Ndabeni's who claims to have witnessed it all, Siyabulela Dumalisile, alleged the neighbour hurled "abusive and racial" comments at them on Saturday evening.
Dumalisile said before the shooting, Ndabeni and himself were at a traditional ceremony in Westborne. They drove to Ndabeni's house to pick up jackets.
"Siyabonga went inside and I was walking around the garden."
Dumalisile alleged the man, living in the adjacent property, kept blinding him with a "big" flashlight.
"I tried to evade the light and then heard the man saying 'where is your president?' I did not respond but he kept asking louder and louder 'where is your president Julius Malema?'
"Siyabonga came out of the house and at first both of us did not take the man seriously and even apologised to him."
He said Ndabeni and the man started arguing about Malema. "He shouted at us saying that we think we can do whatever we like in this country because of Malema, and said he'd shoot us right there and then because we were kaffirs," said Dumalisile.
According to Dumalisile, the man then allegedly pulled a gun and shot his friend in the chest three times.
'No lawyer will represent racist dog'
THERE is not a single lawyer in Eastern Cape willing to represent the "white racist dog" who allegedly shot his black neighbour following a feud over ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.Malema's words charged up a 2,000-strong crowd protesting outside the Queenstown magistrate's court yesterday against the possible release of Gerdus "Gerry" Greyvenstein, the man who is alleged to have pulled the trigger.
Greyvenstein was arrested after he reportedly shot Siyabonga Ndabeni three times in the chest on July 18 following a racially fuelled argument about Malema and the integrity of the ANCYL.
Greyvenstein has been in custody since his arrest more than two weeks ago and will now have to wait until August 2 to make a formal bail application. His bail hearing was set down for yesterday but his defence attorney failed to appear in court.
Outside the court, Malema told protesters that he had been reliably informed that lawyers were too embarrassed to represent Greyvenstein. "They are too scared. He will not have a lawyer at his next appearance," Malema promised.
"Lawyers, there are many jobs for you. You do not have to help racists, they must rot in jail. No racist must live among us. It is a monkey tendency. They deserve to disappear. And they must never come back."
Dozens of supporters carried posters that slated racism. One read: "Racism is not welcomed in SA, if you want to live alone go to the zoo". Another one read: "To hell with AfriForum and hands-off Malema", taking a swipe at the Afrikaans human rights group that took Malema to court for the song Dubul'ibhunu.
In defence of the larger white community, Malema said not all white people were racist. "We know there are good white people out there. It is only the minority of the minority that are racist."
Greyvenstein made a brief appearance in the morning but the court stood down in order for court officials to address members of the media who had blocked the entrance to the courthouse.
An hour later, Greyvenstein, accompanied by three policemen, was escorted back into the dock.
His case was postponed to Tuesday after the state requested a remand in order for Greyvenstein to make contact with his Legal Aid Board attorney.