We will miss Lucky’s smile - family of slain Hammanskraal man

2016-06-01 09:16
Lucky Nelushi. (Supplied, Doctor Nelushi)

Lucky Nelushi. (Supplied, Doctor Nelushi)

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Pretoria - The bright smile that lit up any room he walked into would be sorely missed, relatives of Lucky Nelushi, one of the men killed in Hammaskraal during last week’s evictions, have told News24.

“We will miss his laughter,” his uncle Tsumbedzo Ishmael Nelushi said on Tuesday.

Tsumbedzo described his nephew as a down-to-earth individual everybody loved.

“He was a very good and humble somebody who was forever smiling, even towards those people he didn’t know,” he said.

Violence broke out in Hammanskraal last Monday when employees of two security companies - the  Red Ants and Marjorie’s Trading Enterprise – SAPS, and Tshwane Metro Police arrived to flatten shacks and evict people.

Two Marjorie’s employees - Lucky Nelushi and Elias Tshabalala - were killed when residents put up a fight.

Five people were arrested, one of them for murder. The evictions in the Kanana, Suurman and Sekampaneng informal settlements in Hammanskraal were suspended following a visit by Gauteng Housing and Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile.

Mashatile said a committee had been set up to get to the bottom of the tragedy and clarify the legal status of the eviction order.

The Kekana royal household owned some of the land and people claimed they had been granted permission to live there.

Chief Lleka Jacob Kekana of the Amandebele-A-Moletlane tribe, which owned the land, denied obtaining the court order.

“I did not apply for a court order. That was not me,” he said last week Friday.

There were allegations that an ANC official had sold stands on the land. The ANC vowed to look into this.

The Nelushis said they were not told about what happened on the day, but accepted it as the work of God. They did not blame anyone.

“We take it as it comes. It was not the plan of the municipality or the company. They were there doing what they hired them to do. We have accepted that it was God’s plan to decide when a person goes,” said Tsumbedzo.

Lucky would be buried in Venda on Saturday. Unlike the Tshabalala family, the Nelushis were able to go to the scene of the murder and perform traditional rituals. Elias was buried over the weekend.

A police officer who was there on the day of clashes escorted the family into the area. Tsumbedzo said they were lucky to find the officer. He said the company that had hired them for R150 a day was helping the family with funeral arrangements.

The municipality had offered two buses to transport people from Soshanguve to Venda for the funeral. The city of Tshwane was providing groceries.

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