Gospel singer shot dead for laptop

2011-01-18 00:00

WHILE listening to his favourite gospel music, a talented 26-year-old gospel singer was shot four times at close range in Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Nkosikhona Jeffery Mbanjwa was known for his talent on the keyboard and he also sang for a popular local gospel group, Living Sound.

People in his Willowfountain neighbourhood knew him for being a born-again Christian, always smiling and greeting people on the street.

At about 1.30 am he was killed in an execution-style shooting, which left his father, Phillip Mbanjwa, battling for answers about his third-born’s murder.

“It seems that the criminals first smashed the window with a big stone before they fired directly at him. He was shot three times in the chest and once in the thigh,” said Mbanjwa.

He said he tried unsuccessfully to get his son to tell him who shot him but he remained unconscious for about an hour before he succumbed.

He said his family went to bed at midnight on Sunday, leaving Nkosikhona listening to music on his laptop.

“At about 1 pm I was awoken by the sound of gunfire and someone crying. As I was dressing up I was shouting ‘kwenzenjani – what is going on!’ As I was running along the passage I heard more gunfire.

“But when I got to the dining room, where my boy was sitting, the criminals had already disappeared.

“I found him lying in a pool of blood in the sitting room. I held him and begged him for names of the attackers. I then called the police and the ambulance,” said Mbanjwa.

Mbanjwa said in dining room he found a big piece of stone. He said there was nothing taken except the laptop.

“My son use to travel as far as Johannesburg on invitation to perform during big religious ceremonies and weddings. He was struggling to start his own gospel group Heavenly,” he said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police believe that someone saw Nkosikhona through the window sitting in front of the laptop and attacked him.

No arrest has been made.

Anyone who might have information about the attack is asked to call Captain Victor Zuma at 033 3989 773 or 082 3607 560.

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