‘Witness’ temp shot and killed

2013-04-02 00:00

A 22-YEAR-OLD Witness temporary employee was fatally shot while trying to stop a fight involving one of his friends during the early hours of Sunday in Imbali Unit 13.

Mthobisi Mkhize’s mother Pinky said she was left shocked by the apparently cold-blooded murder of her son, which she believed happened at around 5 am on Sunday.

The devastated woman described her son as a decent young man, who still had a lot to offer.

She said he had been determined to make something of his life and had started working part-time for Paarl Coldset (formerly the Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company).

“I would tell him to behave appropriately at work because if he treats his work with dignity, it might become a permanent job for him,” she said.

She said her son matriculated from Edendale Technical High School in 2008.

“Mthobisi had a decent upbringing and like any other child growing up in the township, he had started drinking, but we had no problem with that because he was a responsible person.”

She said all that she had been told was that Mkhize had been involved in a fight, was shot in the head and died at Edendale Hospital.

She appealed to his friends and family to remain calm and let the law take its course.

Cindy Pietersen, a prison warder and the mother of the slain man’s four-month-old baby boy, Casey Azande Lungisani, said: “Mthobisi lived for his child and even at work people knew how much he loved Azande and that is all he would talk about.”

Pietersen said he was loved by his community and had died trying to stop a fight to protect one of his friends.

“I am going to miss him dearly,” a tearful Pietersen told The Witness.

She said Mkhize did not believe in using guns or weapons and preferred to settle differences by talking.

His best friend, Nhlakanipho “P-cat” Zungu, said he was going to miss his childhood mate.

“Mthobisi was a patient person and had lots of love for people. Ever since we got to know each other as kids he was always kind to everyone,” said Zungu.

He said he had no words to express the pain of the loss.

“What is most painful is that he was robbed of a chance to raise his beloved son,” he said.

Paarl Coldset engineering manager Tony Maeers said: “That’s terrible because he was such a hard-working young man who still had a bright future ahead of him.”

He said Mkhize was contracted to the workforce and every time he needed extra hands at the workshop, he would always recommend the young man because he was such a hard worker.

Maeers sent his condolences to the Mkhize family.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said police were investigating a case of murder.

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