IFP member kills ANC-supporting ex

2009-03-19 00:00

An IFP member killed his ex-girlfriend after she went to an ANC rally. He later hanged himself.

Local police have been blamed for ignoring complaints made before Thulisile Memela (25) of Creighton was killed by her former boyfriend, Michael Dlamini.

The couple broke up last year after Memela, who was previously an IFP supporter, joined the ANC.

According to reports, the couple started fighting and Dlamini stabbed Memela in the face. When the stabbing incident was reported to the police, no action was taken against Dlamini.

Memela’s cousin, who did not want to be identified, told The Witness that the police knew about the couple’s dispute.

“Early this year, Memela was accompanied by the police when she went to fetch her belongings from Dlamini’s house.”

On Sunday, March 8, Memela went to an ANC election rally in Mzinkhulu [where ANC Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe addressed the crowds] and her ex-boyfriend was enraged.

On the Tuesday after the rally, Dlamini confronted Memela and asked her what she had been wearing at the rally.

“She told him that she was wearing a Zuma T-shirt. He took her into nearby bush and threatened to use petrol to set her alight. While they were in the bush, Dlamini received a call from a person telling him not to harm my cousin. He then released her.”

The following morning, Memela’s uncle called the Creighton police station and complained about Dlamini’s threats. “The police said there were no vehicles at the police station so they could not attend.”

“On Thursday evening at about 8 pm, Dlamini attacked Memela at her house and stabbed her in front of her two children [aged three and 18 months],” said the cousin.

Memela’s father, Ziboni Gambu (52), was in the house when the attack occurred, but could not protect his daughter, as Dlamini threatened to shoot him.

This time the police responded but Memela was already dead when they arrived.

Dlamini fled and the police searched for him until they found his body hanging from a tree in a forest on Friday, March 13.

SAPS spokesman Captain Vincent Pandarum denied that the police failed to respond to the incidents.

“No such complaint was received by any member who was on duty at the station on Wednesday… The station commissioner was at the station [on Wednesday] and there were three vehicles, including his, that would have been used to respond.”

Pandarum said a case of this nature would not have been “brushed aside”. He challenged the family to provide cellphone records to prove the call was made to the Creighton station.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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