Lovers murdered in revenge

2010-07-15 00:00

TWO lovers were murdered in a Pietermaritzburg township on Tuesday evening in what is thought to be a gang-related revenge attack in a feud dating back to 2008.

The bodies of Sipho Nxele (31) of Azalea outside Imbali and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Masindi Madondo of Willowfountain, were disco­vered on a footpath just outside Nxele’s house at about 8 pm.

They had been shot.

Nxele’s elder brother, Xolisani (34), believes his brother was murdered by people who have been baying for his blood for the past two years. He believes that Madondo was an innocent victim.

He said a few hours before the bo­dies were discovered he heard the sound of a stone hitting the door of his family’s low-cost house in Unit 4. He said he believes the stone was a trap to get his brother out of the house.

“At 8.30 pm my two neighbours took me down the footpath and I saw my brother and his girlfriend lying on the ground. After realising that they were dead, I cried,” Xolisani said.

Xolisani said Nxele had gone to Willowfountain to fetch Madondo, with whom he had been going out for some years. He said they had both been robbed of their cellphones.

He said Nxele was the second family member to be killed as a result of the gang feud. He said his cousin Mfundo Kubheka was stabbed to death last year.

He accused young men from Unit A of being behind the murders of ­Nxele and Madondo.

Xolani said the feud star­ted in December 2008 when a gang from Unit A tried to rob Nxele of his beer at KwaSosha Tavern.

“The bunch of criminals from Unit A would come to Unit 4 to rob people of their valuables. In December 2008 they demanded to drink my brother’s beer. When he refused, a quarrel started.

“In the same month they came into my house four times to attack him. At one stage my brother grabbed a knife from one of them and killed him. That was followed by four months of counter-attacks which claimed my cousin’s life,” said Xolisani.

Xolisani said he was also the target of the Unit A gang.

Nxele’s 80-year-old grandmother, Rita Maria Ndlovu, said she last saw her grandson when he was leaving for Willowfountain at about 5 pm.

Police spokesperson Warrant Offi­cer Joey Jeevan said the two were confronted by a group of people as they were about to enter Nxele’s house.

“It is alleged that an altercation ensued between the couple and the suspects, which resulted in the suspects producing firearms and firing multiple shots … fatally wounding them. The suspects thereafter fled from the scene on foot,” said Jeevan.

She appealed to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Captain Dladla at 033 398 9748 or 082 798 8155 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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