Nombuso’s family say state’s punishment will never be enough

2008-11-09 00:00

The family members of young Nombuso Nhlangulela (9), who was abducted, sexually molested and murdered in Howick earlier this year, said the recent arrest of a suspect could protect other children from being harmed. But, they added, the arrest will never result in enough punishment for what their loved one endured.

The Witness spoke to Nombuso’s father Themba Nhlangulela and her teenage sister yesterday after Faizel Mohamed Sayed was arrested and charged with Nombuso’s murder.

“Neighbours mentioned another suspect’s name, and later told us that they had heard that this other suspect had bribed police to avoid the arrest. Following this arrest, we can see that there is now progress,” said Nhlangulela.

He said that after seeing the picture of the suspect in Weekend Witness, he developed a strong feeling that he had seen the man before, either in Howick or in Pietermaritzburg.

The body of the grade four girl was found on March 3, after she was abducted on February 28.

Police charged Sayed (35) on Friday in connection with the murder and a string of later rapes.

Nombuso’s elder sister cannot be named to protect her from being harmed. She said she had given up hope that the suspect in her sister’s murder would ever be caught.

“When a guy I suspected was found to be innocent after police interrogation, I gave up hope. The guy [whom she suspected] is a tsotsi-looking type, and he lives near Nombuso’s school,” said Nombuso’s elder sister.

She admitted that she prefers not to think about her dead sister.

“Every time I think about her, all the bad memories of her death come back. I prefer to keep her memory aside,” she said.

Sayed was linked to the case by DNA after his blood was tested. Asked about how she felt about the arrest, the sister said it might help to protect other young girls from being harmed.

“But it is not enough punishment for what he did,” she said.

bhans@witness.co.za

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