Sweetwaters leaders rein in vigilantes

2012-07-06 00:00

COMMUNITY leaders in Mbutshane in Sweetwaters want to ensure that angry locals do not take the law into their own hands after Ayanda Sibiya was found dead in a water tank late on Tuesday afternoon.

Ward councillor Simon Sokhela said: “We are speaking to the community and trying to ensure that they do not take the law into their own hands. We want the police to investigate this case to their best ability,” he said.

Ayanda’s grandfather, Thubeni Sibiya, said the family was happy with the work of the police and didn’t think vigilantes would avenge his granddaughter’s murder.

“We hope that these people who did this to my daughter’s child will be found.” They deserved the full vengeance of the law.

The Witness reported on Wednesday that people in the crowd where Ayanda’s body was found had armed themselves with knobkerries and sticks. “The person that did this to this child deserves to be burned,” one community member said.

Ayanda’s mother, Ntombenhle Sibiya, was still in shock.

“We’re happy that she has been found. But it still hurts,” she said.

Ayanda, who was doing well in school, had hopes of becoming a businesswoman or a lawyer, she said. “Because of how she was doing in school, we really believed her dreams would come true.”

Tearfully, her mother spoke of how Ayanda had been happy at having a new sibling.

Speaking of her infant daughter, Anele, she said: “I would be happy if she grew up to be like Ayanda.

“But I know that one child can never replace another.”

Ayanda had been missing for 11 days before she was found dead on Tuesday. She left her home around midnight two Fridays ago, and left a letter addressed to her family.

In the letter, she said she had wanted to protect her newborn sister, born the day before her disappearance, from bad spirits.

Mzokhona Sibisi — a family friend — had consulted a sangoma, who told him where she would be found.

The Witness reported that when she was pulled out of the two-metre deep water tank it was found that her eyes had been gouged out. But a policeman at the scene said her eyeballs had merely sunk back in their sockets.

Ayanda’s funeral will take place at the family home tomorrow.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no arrests had been made. “Plessislaer police station is investigating a case of murder.”

Zwane added the police did not have any suspects at this stage and called on anyone who had any information to come forward or call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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