Late-night siege led to mob justice

2011-07-02 18:59

It’s a tragic tale of neighbourhood families on different sides of a ­moral divide.

Angelina Maholwana (74) and her great-granddaughter, who is three years old, survived a five-hour siege of her New Brighton home that left her son dead.

Two neighbouring families also lost their sons in the subsequent mob justice incident that shook the township outside Port ­Elizabeth.Maholwana, her 32-year-old son David and great-granddaughter had just gone to bed on the Sunday before last when two young men, Mabhutana Siwisa and Mloza Gqomfa, allegedly forced their way into the home.

This week, Maholwana recounted the events of that night, telling City Press she tried to fight off the attackers but was overpowered. The intruders tied their hands and legs together, and sealed their mouths with masking tape.

“They went to David’s room and then there was silence,” Maholwana said.

They forced David to pack the family’s modest belongings and some of his clothes while he was bleeding from stab wounds.

David’s sister, Nothala, said they wanted to rape the child but her great-grandmother pleaded with them to rape her instead.

Neither the child nor the 74-year-old were raped.

“There was a trail of blood all over David’s room,” Maholwana said, but when inspecting her son’s lifeless body she could see no wounds.

Police said David Maholwana was stabbed to death.

After untying herself, Maholwana screamed for help but the ­robbers had already left.

On Monday morning, while shocked residents gathered at the family home, information on the assailants started trickling in.

At about the same time, police were looking for Gqomfa but could not find him at his home.

Community members ­outwitted police and found Gqomfa at a ­nearby informal settlement.

They took him to the crime scene.

A similar fate befell Siwisa.

According to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dumile ­Gwavu, both men were wearing David’s clothes when they were ­accosted by the community.

At the Maholwana home they were beaten to death and later necklaced, with fed-up residents putting tyres around their lifeless bodies and setting them alight in front of some neighbourhood ­children.

The police have only made one arrest since the wave of mob justice hit townships around Port ­Elizabeth.

Spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said the man was later ­released due to a lack of evidence.

“No one in the community wanted to give evidence against him,” Beetge said.

The man was arrested in connection with an incident last month in which two men, Hlumisa Yekani and Happy ­Magopeni, were necklaced.

A special task team was set up specifically to deal with the mob justice incidents, and this week they started an educational ­campaign.

The police appealed to community members with information on any of the incidents to call Colonel Vela Sele on 082 303 0415.

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