Man knifed to death

2017-07-20 06:01
Mbali holding a picture of her late father, Monde Mabandla, on Monday, in Khayelitsha.                  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Mbali holding a picture of her late father, Monde Mabandla, on Monday, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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The 19 year old who allegedly stabbed his father to death has appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The dead man has been identified as Monde Mabandla,48, a former ANC councillor in Ward 92.

The suspect, who was described by his family as a drug addict, had been out on bail for another murder he allegedly committed about two years ago.

Mabandla was declared dead on arrival at the Khayelitsha Day Hospital last Thursday afternoon.

Bandlakazi Matshiyana, who spoke on behalf of the family, said they were still in the dark as to what caused the suspect to stab his father on Monday.

Matshiyana said the deceased was with his daughter and the suspect in his shack when this incident took place.

She added that this happened after the deceased had cooked a meal for his family and had told both children that the food was ready.

“She (Mbali) saw him (suspect) going to the kitchen where their father was sitting and he came out. Their father then called her to rush to him. He was bleeding. She tried to save his life by pumping his chest as she could see that he was weak. She then called neighbours for help. They took him to the day hospital and he was declared dead on arrival. There were no arguments before the incident and we are in the dark as to what lead to this. We are really devastated by this. It is painful,” she said.

Mabandla sustained one stab wound under his left ear.

Matshiyana said the suspect had been grounded for about two weeks leading to the incident.

He was not allowed to leave their yard.

“He (suspect) was a drug addict so he was not allowed to leave the yard, because his father was trying to prevent him from getting a chance to take drugs. He was once taken for drug rehabilitation, but he did not want to make a follow-up on it,” she added.

Widow Siyolise Mabandla said her husband was “killed by a child he loved the most.”

Xolani Dywili, a family friend, said the deceased was a humble person who put other people first.

“He loved his family. He did not want anything to hurt his children. He lectured them when they were wrong and bought them expensive clothes. He loved cooking since we were young in the Eastern Cape and his food was very nice. He fought crime in the area. I remember him being a police reservist. He was also a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKVA) and he trained outside of the country. He had all the means of buying a decent house, but he said he would not do that since the people he led were still living in shacks,” Dywili said. Mabandla will be buried in Alice, in the Eastern Cape, on 29 July.

The suspect is due to make a second appearance in court on 16 August for bail application.

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