‘My wife died too soon’

2010-10-15 00:00

AT yesterday’s memorial service for slain environmentalist Nomcebo (MaMbili) Mvelase, who was stabbed to death outside the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity last week, police said they are working on leads, but no arrests have been made yet.

Her widower, Mandla, gave a moving eulogy, praising his wife for her strength and zeal to win in life.

“I have decided to take this opportunity and stand in front of you to speak for myself about the love of my life.

“This is a very critical stage of my life as I’ve just lost my pillar of strength in a blink of an eye.

“This was too soon as we were still a very small and young family. However, I have every reason to be strong for our only child Amahle,” he said.

He told the packed Cathedral of the Holy Nativity that he had known that one day they would be separated by death.

“But this was too soon. She died very young and while she was successful. On Thursday she was so excited about moving out of the flat to our newly built home. It is sad that she couldn’t spend a single day in that house,” he said.

On Monday The Witness reported that on the day of the incident the couple’s six-year-old son Amahle watched helplessly as his mother was stabbed outside the Anglican cathedral in Pietermaritzburg’s CBD on Friday afternoon.

At the time of the incident she is said to have been in possession of R2 000, two cellphones and some jewellery.

Nothing was taken.

The director of groundWork non-profit group, Bobby Peek, remembered Nomcebo as a dedicated young woman who was always energetic.

Peek said he is dismayed that the police have not interviewed Mvelese’s colleagues, nor reported any progress in the investigation.

He said the investigation should be speedier as there are cameras in Langalibalele Street.

“This is alarming because if this was a robbery why was nothing taken from her?

“We hope that this case will not be dropped and the police become more active on it. Lack of progress will lead us to taking this up with the provincial police commissioner,” said Peek.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said they have some leads and that they are working on some information received.

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