Mayor visits family of slain brothers

2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Msunduzi    municipality Exco members during a visit to the  Ngcobo family in Plessislaer.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Msunduzi municipality Exco members during a visit to the Ngcobo family in Plessislaer.

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THE mayor of Msunduzi municipality, Themba Njilo, has urged community members not to use violence to resolve their conflicts.

The mayor and members of the Executive Committee (Exco) yesterday visited the bereaved Ngcobo family in Plessislaer, who lost two family members after they were hacked to death by a neighbour at a tavern in the area on Saturday night.

Ngcebo Ngcobo (30) and Zwelihle Ngcobo (33) were killed, while Sandile Ngcobo (31) is in a critical condition in hospital after they were attacked by a hatchet-wielding man.

Addressing the family, Njilo said the municipality was deeply touched and saddened by what had befallen the family.

“We want you to know that you are not alone in your hour of grief, as the municipality we share your pain.”

Njilo said as a caring municipality they had come to share the pain the family was feeling.

“We know what you are going through and we know how it feels to lose family members who had a bright future ahead of them. We want to assure you the police are working tirelessly to ensure that the suspect is arrested­.”

Njilo said the municipality condemns any kind of violence.

“We condemn these killings and urge community members not to resolve conflict in this manner. We also request any member of the public, who may have information about the whereabouts of the suspect, to bring that information to the police.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo, the father, Joel Ngcobo, said his family was having a hard time coming to terms with the deaths.

“We raise our children with the hope that they will bury us one day. No parent wants to bury their children. My heart is broken. To lose both my sons in such a gruesome manner is very hard for the family.

“Both my sons were decent human beings and breadwinners at home.

“Now that they are gone I don’t know what’s going to happen to the family. All we can do now is put our trust in God to carry us through this pain.”

It is alleged that on Saturday night the Ngcobo brothers were at a local tavern when a heated argument ensued and they were attacked by the assailant.

The assailant, said to be a Lesotho national, allegedly attacked the brothers­ with a knobkerrie and hatchet killing two on the spot.

Plessislaer police station spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said the case is still under investigation and the police are working around the clock to arrest the suspect.

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