‘I wish I’d given him that panga’

2011-04-02 17:17

The fiancée of one of the men decapitated by Durban’s alleged axe killer believes her ­future husband might have survived had she given him a panga he had asked her for earlier on the day he was murdered.

Fikile Mkhwanazi regrets not taking seriously the request from her fiancé, Ndodo Hlongwa, saying that he might have been able to fight off his killer had he been armed.

Mkhwanazi told City Press that Ndodo had asked for the bushknife before he left their Lamontville home on March 21 to go to work at KFC in Merebank.

He wanted to take the panga because of a fight he had with a colleague there.

“If only I’d given him that slasher maybe he could’ve protected himself. I can’t endure the pain and the suffering this has caused us,” said a distraught Mkhwanazi.

Hlongwa (47) had been unemployed for more than 10 years before securing the security job.

When he landed the position his family had been overjoyed as he could both provide for his children and finish paying lobola for Mkhwanazi.

But Hlongwa never made it home to his children after finishing his shift.

“We’ve been living this dream of getting married for the past 30 years. We wanted to get married in December this year but that was just a dream. This man destroyed the only hope for me and my children,” said Mkhwanazi.

She also dismissed speculation that Hlongwa and others were killed in revenge for the rape of the axe murderer’s daughter.

“Ndodo was a good man. He wouldn’t harm even a fly. I don’t wish to see the killer and I just wish he could rot in jail,” said Mkhwanazi.

Hlongwa was a mere metre from the gate of his home when he was brutally hacked to death.

His body was found on the roadside. The killer took his head and dumped it about 3km away.

Mandlenkosi Mpisane, Hlongwa’s close friend, is equally angry.

“This boy grew up here and he is not a rapist. If this man was killing people who raped his daughter as it is alleged, then he killed the wrong man. I wish the courts would let him out so we could teach him a lesson,” said Mpisane.

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