Stoned to death: Happy’s controversial life reaches a sad end

2013-04-02 00:00

THE controversial life of Abbey Mzayiya (28), better known as Happy Sindane, came to a tragic end yesterday when he was stoned to death.

Police in Mpumalanga said his body was found near Tweefontein early in the morning, surrounded by bloodied stones.

Mzayiya’s story transfixed the country 10 years ago, when he claimed to be a white boy kidnapped by a black family.

However, DNA tests revealed that he was the son of a German man and his domestic worker.

His mother, Rina Mzayiya, gave Happy to her friend, Betty Sindane, to raise.

After a four-month inquiry, the Bronkhorstspruit children’s court found that Mzayiya, born in 1984, was probably the child of a certain Henry Nick, Rina Mzayiya’s employer, Sapa reported. No further information about the parents was ever forthcoming.

At the time, Betty Sindane said she found the blond boy with contract workers.

A magistrate later ruled that he had not been kidnapped.

In 2004, Mzayiya was run over by a minibus and a car as he lay on the road outside the Sinzanani Trust Village place of safety in Bronkhorstspruit, where he lived. It was not known why he was on the road.

Later that year, he appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for malicious damage to property. He was arrested in Maraba­stad, Pretoria, after he allegedly broke the windows of a taxi with stones.

In 2005, the charges were dropped after the taxi owner told the court he had repaired the damage himself and did not wish to proceed with the case.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said it seemed Mzayiya was unemployed.

No motive for his murder was known and no one had been arrested.

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