Mother: ‘My son wasn’t a car thief’

2009-08-06 00:00

THE mother of a Copesville man who was beaten to death and set alight at the weekend strongly denies that he was a car thief, as his attackers alleged after their arrest by police.

Phumzile Nyoka said her son, Sibongiseni Mayisela (30), was a very social person. “For people to kill him like that was totally cold. Fine, they stabbed him several times, dragged him to a car and drove to a nearby place where they killed him, but why did they burn him?” she asked.

According to Mayisela’s sister, Thandekile Mdluli, Mayisela was drinking at a nearby tavern on Saturday. After he left the tavern, a group of people asked him to help them push a car, but they didn’t tell him that they were stealing it.

“When they were busy pushing it, the owners of the car saw them somehow. After that the strangers that asked my brother for a hand ran for their lives and left him behind, which means they knew that they were getting caught. My brother just stood there as he didn’t know what was happening,” she said.

Mdluli added that the car owner begun interrogating her brother.

“They asked him where was he pushing the car to. He told them he didn’t know anything, he was just helping and they accused him of trying to steal their car and told him that they were going to make him pay for what his friends had done,” she said.

According to Mayisela’s family, he died in Northdale Hospital.

Mayisela’s mother said identifying her son was the hardest part. “His face is beyond recognition, the only thing that helped me see that it was him were his hands …” she said.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said three suspects — Dumisani Ntuli (32), Zitha Nxele (34) and Hlakaniphile Sithole (43) — have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mayisela and appeared in court on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.