Family seeks justice

2018-01-18 06:00
Losi Ntethe and Namhla Manjezi grieving their late cousin Madoda who was allegedly beaten and later died after being accused of molesting a child. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Losi Ntethe and Namhla Manjezi grieving their late cousin Madoda who was allegedly beaten and later died after being accused of molesting a child. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The family of a man who died at the Langa police station days after he was assaulted by three women at emgidini want justice for his death.

Madoda Ntethe,42, from Brinton Street died after the alleged attack from women who accused him of molesting a child.

Even as post mortem results show that he died following a lung infection, his family is adamant that his death is a result of the beating he suffered on 30 December 2017.

He died on Tuesday 2 January whilst trying to open a case against his molesters.

According to his cousin, Losi Ntethe, they were called in the evening to fetch him following the beating.

“We found him lying in the pool of his own blood and we thought he was dead at first but he was still breathing,” Losi said.

He said an ambulance rushed him to Groote Schuur Hospital where he was later discharged.

“Eye witnesses told us that he was beaten because he was being accused of molesting a child at the event,” he said.

Losi said what upset them was that the perpetrators appeared to be ‘drunken women who could not explain how they came to this conclusion.’

“Even as he was laying there one of the women wanted to finish him off,” he said.

Losi said that Ntethe had gashing wounds on his head after being stabbed, stoned and bludgeoned in the street.

He said that when she went to collect him from Groote Schuur Hospital, he was dizzy and didn’t look well enough to be discharged.

“I took him home and even at home he became even weaker. We had to carry him to the toilet as he continued having dizzy spells.

On the Tuesday, we decided to go open a case against his attackers. When I arrived at the police stations they said I must go fetch him despite me telling them that he was badly injured,” said Losi. We then went back home and took him to the police station where he seemed to be “slipping away”.

“He asked to go to the bathroom and I helped him and got out but he spent too much time and I went back to check on him. I took him to the chair and as I was putting him down I saw that he was losing strength and he died in my hands,” he said.

She then went home to tell other family members as no one seemed to help at the police station.

Namhla Manjezi, another cousin, said that they were disappointed in the police and the hospital as they felt his death was avoidable.

“The hospital shouldn’t have discharged him as they saw how fragile he was. Also the police have failed him in not assisting as he died in their waiting room,” she said.

Manjezi also questions as to why there has not been any arrest despite them pointing out the suspects.

The family also believes that Ntethe may have been attacked because of his past. Ntethe has been acquitted of rape on two occasions in the last two years.

“They may have attacked him because they think he is a rapist even though he was never found guilty in a court of law. We are very heartbroken to lose our cousin like that and the fact that the people who beat him are free and not charged,” she said.

Langa Saps said that they were still investigation the matter and that no arrests have been made.

“On Saturday (2017-12-30) at approximately 16:50 Madoda Ntethe was assaulted by a group of woman accusing him for sexually assaulted a child,” said Captain Nondumiso Paul.

The family described Ntethe as a community activist and was laid to rest last weekend.

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