Community mourns

2019-09-19 06:00
Nompucuko Khwatshana, mother of murdered Ngcwalisa Khwatshana with Ilitha Labantu founder Mandisa Monakali.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Nompucuko Khwatshana, mother of murdered Ngcwalisa Khwatshana with Ilitha Labantu founder Mandisa Monakali.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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Emotions ran high on Friday 13 September as relatives of a slain Langa woman gathered at the scene where her body was found in Gugulethu.

Non-profit organisation, Ilitha Labantu, as well as Gugulethu residents, joined the family for a wreath-laying ceremony and some traditional rituals ahead of the burial in the Eastern Cape on Saturday 21 September.

The service was also attended by the representatives of various political parties and pastors from different churches.

Ngcwalisa Khwatshana (35) was found murdered near Luzuko Primary School, on Friday 6 September. It is believed that stones were used to kill her as it was found next to her body in Barcelona. After a week of mourning, her relatives including her mother Nompucuko returned to the place where her body was found.

During an emotionally charged service residents battled to control their emotions.

Addressing the gathering Nompucuko told the crowd that her daughter moved to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape to work, not to be killed. She said she moved to Cape Town in 2015 and was working at a fishery.

She appealed to parents and the community of Gugulethu to pray with them so her child can rest in peace. “I’m here to take your soul as we are about to go bury you at your home in Queenstown and I hope your two children will understand your passing,” she said.

Nompucuko said she is deeply hurt by what happened to her first-born. She said she hoped Ngcwalisa would go back to the Eastern Cape to look after her since she suffers from a heart condition.

She said she heard that her child was taken from Langa by two men who asked her to come and fetch her boyfriend and was later found dead in Barcelona.

Mandisa Monakali, founder of Ikamva Labantu, urged residents to come out when they hear someone screaming for help. She called for an end to the brutal killings of young women and for the community to unite against gender-based violence.

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