Mother: ‘My son wasn’t a car thief’

2009-08-06 00:00

THE mother of a Copesville man who was beaten to death and set alight at the weekend strongly denies that he was a car thief, as his attackers alleged after their arrest by police.

Phumzile Nyoka said her son, Sibongiseni Mayisela (30), was a very social person. “For people to kill him like that was totally cold. Fine, they stabbed him several times, dragged him to a car and drove to a nearby place where they killed him, but why did they burn him?” she asked.

According to Mayisela’s sister, Thandekile Mdluli, Mayisela was drinking at a nearby tavern on Saturday. After he left the tavern, a group of people asked him to help them push a car, but they didn’t tell him that they were stealing it.

“When they were busy pushing it, the owners of the car saw them somehow. After that the strangers that asked my brother for a hand ran for their lives and left him behind, which means they knew that they were getting caught. My brother just stood there as he didn’t know what was happening,” she said.

Mdluli added that the car owner begun interrogating her brother.

“They asked him where was he pushing the car to. He told them he didn’t know anything, he was just helping and they accused him of trying to steal their car and told him that they were going to make him pay for what his friends had done,” she said.

According to Mayisela’s family, he died in Northdale Hospital.

Mayisela’s mother said identifying her son was the hardest part. “His face is beyond recognition, the only thing that helped me see that it was him were his hands …” she said.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said three suspects — Dumisani Ntuli (32), Zitha Nxele (34) and Hlakaniphile Sithole (43) — have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mayisela and appeared in court on Monday.








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