Bloody Easter Friday

2018-04-05 06:02
Andisiwe Fadana’s guardian, Simphiwe Nxusani stands in front of the shack in which she was found with her baby murdered. PHOTO: unathi obose

Andisiwe Fadana’s guardian, Simphiwe Nxusani stands in front of the shack in which she was found with her baby murdered. PHOTO: unathi obose

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Residents of BM Section- an informal settlement in Site B- have urged the police to intensify their patrols in the area, following the rape and beating of a mother and the brutal murder of her child over the Easter weekend.

Andisiwe Fadana,23, was found seriously injured in her shack with her young child lying dead next to her.

A resident who discovered her almost lifeless body, said he found her lying face-down in her shack.

“Her body was covered with blood, fortunately, she was still breathing.

Her child, Liqhamile,2, had a big gash in the forehead, with a handkerchief stuffed in his mouth, as if to muffle his cries. He was already dead,” said the man, who only gave his first name.

Simphiwe said the suspect is known by the community because he was drinking with Andisiwe on the Thursday night at a local shebeen.

He alleged: “The guy was the one who bought her alcohol. In the early morning she left with her child to sleep. The guy followed her and he raped and assaulted her with a golf stick,”.

Simphiwe could not confirm to City Vision if the man was related to the victim in any way.

Simphiwe Nxusani(no relation), the victim’s landlord, said Fadana was extrovert.

“Andisiwe liked socialising. She came to stay with us in 2015 as a friend of my niece after leaving Philippi.

... We are not relatives. She was my niece’s friend,” he said.

Nxusani said even as they sent her back to her family, she returned the same day.

He further described the area as very dangerous, with a high crime rate, drugs and alcohol abuse.

“We urge police visibility inside the area. The police only patrol the Jafta Masemola Road, and are not seen inside the informal area where the problem is,” he urged.

Sisipho Zekevu, a volunteer at the Social Justice Coalition in Khayelitsha, said they want the perpetrator to receive a sentence deserving of the crime committed.

“We want the law to take its course, but as the SJC, we say no to bail and we will ensure that we support the family in court.”

“There are many similar cases in Khayelitsha which vanished without trace, leaving the affected families in the dark

The SJC is a non governmental organisation which works to advance the constitutional rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom and safety for all people especially those living in informal settlements across South Africa.

Efforts to get comments from Khayelitsha police failed to make any headway because they had not responded at the time of going to press.


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