Boy, 5, hacked to death by relative
Indhrannie Pillay, The Witness
Durban - A 5-year-old child was hacked to death with a bush knife - allegedly by a drugged relative - in kwaMankunpshana outside Margate on Monday night.
Sibongakonke Nhlumayo was asleep in his house with his mother and grandmother when the relative, who lives next door, barged into their home.
Sanele Telejane, 19, was allegedly heavily intoxicated after smoking dagga. The child’s uncle, Maxwell Nhlumayo, said Telejane slapped the child’s mother and told her that “I am going to kill someone tonight”.
“My sister and mother ran out of the house. My mother came crying to my house saying that he was inside their house.”
Nhlumayo, who also lives in the vicinity, went to investigate what was happening.
“When I got there my sister was crying outside the house trying to get in because the baby was sleeping inside.
“I tried to force the door open but he jammed it and was threatening us with the bush knife,” he said. Nhlumayo then left to find a stick that he could use to fight off Telejane.
“When I got back he broke a window in the house and the baby woke up crying. He then started chopping him up while he was crying.”
Nhlumayo said that the mother’s cries and pleas to make Telejane stop were fruitless. “He wasn’t listening to us. He just carried on chopping my nephew’s body.”
After killing the child Telejane managed to escape through a window.
“The community members managed to arrest him and they beat him up before the police came,” said Nhlumayo.
Sergeant Phumzile Makaula said that Telejane was arrested and taken to the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.
Charged with murder
“He was beaten up badly by angry community members. He is still in hospital under police supervision,” Makaula said.
Telejane was charged with murder in absentia in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
“It is unfortunate and cruel for this to happen to a little child. It is especially alarming for us that this incident comes in the midst of numerous campaigns as we observe the 16 days of no violence against women and children,” Makaula said.
Sibongakonke, who was his mother’s only child, was described as a happy and wonderful child by his uncle.
“My sister is devastated. She says she has no reason to live now.”
Sibongakonke graduated from Grade R last Thursday and was due to start Grade 1 in the new year. His funeral will be held on Sunday.