Sandile Memela laments death of his son and daughter-in-law

By Drum Digital
18 January 2015

Newlyweds Wamukelwa Memela and Wendy Campbell were tied up and strangled to death by intruders in their Bryanston home on Thursday.

They had been married only a month.

Sandile Memela, spokesperson for the national department of arts and culture, is Wamukelwa's distraught father.

He told City Press the police investigation suggested that the intruders had broken in, gone upstairs and got into a scuffle with Wamukelwa.

Evidence suggests he was hit on the head with a garden tool, dragged into the bedroom and tied up with electrical cords.

A cousin of the couple lives in the cottage of the home and recalls having heard noises. He assumed they were having an argument and went back to sleep.

“[The cousin] told me that when he woke up to go into the house, he saw that the electronic items were missing,” said Memela.

“He then saw the blood and rushed into the main bedroom where he was confronted by the bodies.

“He first thought they were unconscious, but found they were dead.”

Wamukelwa won a chefs’ competition in 2003 and represented South Africa in the States and in China, after which he returned and opened a catering company in 2006.

“He could show what the youth of this country was capable of. He was a symbol of black excellence. He opened his own company at a young age and also wanted to open a cooking school and empower others,” his father recalled.


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