‘Find space to forgive’ MEC tells family of four killed in Howick farm feud

2011-04-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Finance MEC Ina Cronjé visited the Ximba family on a farm near Howick yesterday afternoon to convey the provincial government’s condolences after four family members — Sibongiseni Ximba (40) and his wife Kwenzekile (35) and their nephew and niece Yo and Mali — were shot dead on Sunday evening.

Another family member, Slindile, survived the shooting and is still in hospital.

Cronjé condemned the killings and appealed to the family to seek peace in their hearts and find a space to forgive.

The brother of a worker on the farm has been arrested in connection with the killings, which resulted from a long-standing feud between Ximba and Pollen Mnikathi, who both worked on the farm.

Although still in a state of shock, the family said they are grateful for the support received from various organs of government, including uMngeni Municipality, which pledged to take care of the funeral arrangements.

Thandazile Ximba, whose brother was killed, said they were shocked, confused and angry, and that nothing makes sense at this stage.

Her mother, Buselaphi Ximba, who now has to take care of the rest of the family, said she has accepted the situation as it is and that she “pray to our Almighty for my children to do the same and never seek revenge”.

The Witness reported on Tuesday that the murders committed after Sibongiseni Ximba had allegedly caught Mnikathi trying to break into his home earlier this year.

Cronjé told the family that the trouble with revenge is that it becomes a chain. “You revenge, they revenge and it never stops. We understand the pain you are going through right now, but please find it in your hearts to be at peace. You don’t have to forget, but you can forgive. Surely the law of this country will deal with the perpetrator…” she said. — WR.

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