Mother and daughter gunned down in ambush

2014-07-24 00:00

A MOTHER and her daughter were shot dead in an ambush at their home in Northdale on Tuesday night.

Thandeka Luthuli (24) was shot dead while lying in bed, and her mother, Goodness Luthuli (40), was shot as she walked through her door. She collapsed halfway through the door and was rushed to hospital where she later died.

The two, who come from Swayimane, had been living at Parkview, a small informal settlement nestled between suburbs in Northdale, for the past few years.

Goodness Luthuli was employed and her daughter, who has a young child living with family members in Swayimane, was studying at a local college.

Shocked family friends and neighbours who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity said it was not immediately clear yesterday what led to the shooting, but said they believe whoever shot them, had been waiting for Goodness.

A neighbour heard Goodness saying goodbye to her boyfriend who had parked his car on the road a few metres from her shack.

“Moments later, I heard a gunshot. I kept indoors because I was afraid. When I went out … I saw her lying on the floor at her door.

“Other people heard the shooting and were coming out. I saw the blood and I freaked out and told everyone that the two had been injured,” he said.

A family friend who arrived shortly after the shooting said: “Thandeka was in bed, she had been shot in the chest but was bleeding profusely, and she could still speak but was just crying.

“I knew the Thandeka very well and she was a person who loved to laugh.”

Colonel Jay Naicker said police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. No arrest has been made.

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