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Justice Fails to Arrest/ Punish Murderer in South Africa

15 February 2013, 16:07

Good Day,

I am emailing in regards to the latest Issue on Oscar Pistorius. My friend Zam`ukulhe Mkwane was thrown off her balcony @ 2am on sunday the 27th of January, her 21 month old daughter was there watching. This is after a very violent and abusive fight between her and her Fiance Arnold Mazaiwana. I know and have proof of previous physical abuses she went through, yet the South African Police did not arrest this guy because they say there was no eyewitness to what had happened that fatal night. We have forwarded to the police all the proof of the domestic violence she suffered in the hands of this man, still, he is out-there free as if nothing happened. He even started a new job last week @ Live Out Loud, didn´t even have the decency to attend her funeral.

Now, what is the difference between a man who shoots his girlfriend and one that throws her off a balcony in front of their daughter? None.

Did Oscar get arrested only because he is a celebrity? Who will do Justice for Zama Mkwane?

Whats Failing in the South African Justice?

Following Zama´s death we the following happened;

  • Instead of calling the police first Arnold called a family member for assistance. Why?

  • Her family filed a report requesting an investigation on exactly what had happened, to date, nothing was done by the police, but by her friends.

  • Since the police took no liberty to act, we, Her friends made an investigation and gathered a few facts of the night this happened and this was found:

    • She was at a friends place from 12pm the precious day to 2am that fatal night

    • at about 2am when Arnold came back home, her friend and neighbor (the one she was with the whole time) accompanied her back home and noticed that he was drunk

    • 10mnts later the building´s security guard heard noises coming from their apartment, went there to find out what was going on and nobody opened the door, yet there were noises from their place

    • The security went back to his post to file a noise report, as the screaming (Zama screaming) did not stop.

    • Minutes later, she was probably trying to get away from his beating and tried to climb the balcony into a neighboring balcony

    • Arnold instead of pulling her back, pushed her and she fell and died instantly.

    • Arnold, After first calling a family member and then the police, her sister was called, more because of their baby, she confirmed that the apartment was full of blood.

    • On the 1st of February, her best friend Linda Dube went to the investigative officers office with copies of emails reporting that Zama had been physically abused by this man for too long, even requesting further investigations to the matter, all he could say was, he could not arrest Arnold due to no eye witnesses, yet they hadn’t called out nobody to testify or interview, not even the security guard. The only person they had heard was her sister and Arnold.

  • Telephonically, Arnold told me that he did not attend the funeral because he says her family did not tell her about it, not tue? Someone dies and they will obviously get buried.

  • He even went on to say that he knows what people are thinking of him, and he doesn’t care, because there is nothing to be proved against him.

  • Our very own Betty Makoni was threatened while trying to investigate this matter.

    We have managed to find out that our Zama´s Police case number is case 828/01/2013, Warrant Officer Van Blommestein, room 222, Hillbrow CID.

  • Contact details (office) 011 488 6867

  • Mobile 076 499 1288

My question now is, if the police have facts, witnesses of the abuse, testimonials from her friends and family then why aren´t they acting on this matter?

Why are they letting a murderer walk? What if he kills again, Who will be to blame?

Not only people like Oscar should be stopped, but people like Arnold too deserve punishment.

Please do something, to help stop murderers from walking free.

NB: this incident happened in Paris Court Building, Juta Street, 5th floor., Braamfontein.

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