Mother’s grief lingers as alleged killers walk the streets of Mfuleni

2016-09-29 06:00
Yonela Mpande, 44, is not happy about the way the case of her late son is being handled by an investigating office, in Driftsands. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Yonela Mpande, 44, is not happy about the way the case of her late son is being handled by an investigating office, in Driftsands. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A mother whose son was shot and killed in Mfuleni in February is accusing the police of dragging their feet in investigating the matter.

Yonela Mpande,44, has said despite giving the investigating officer, Detective Jooste, “crucial information” on the case, no follow ups or arrests have been made.

Awonke Mpande and his friends were walking in Mfuleni when they were attacked by a group of young men from the area follwing an argument. Wonke died on the scene and was taken to the state mortuary where he was labelled as “unknown”.

Mpande said she told the police about a man in whose posession her son’s cellphone was found but no action was taken.

“We traced Awonke’s phone to a young man in Mfuleni and informed the investigating officer. Some learners at a high school in Mfuleni told us that there was a boy who was carrying Awonke’s cellphone. I then told the investigating officer, but I was surprised that he let the boy go free even though he found the cellphone in his posession,” said Yonela trying hard to contain her tears.

She further alleged that the investigating officer only took statements from Awonke’ s friends three months after the incident.

“ I am the one who must run after the investigator, we last spoke in July. I am in the dark about progress in the case. I am not happy at all,” she said.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha, communications officer at Mfuleni SAPS, the case is still under investigation and encouraged the complainant to contact the station Commander when she is not satisfied with the manner in which the case is handled.

Awonke’s body was found in a mortuary in Tygerberg Hospital few days after he was allegedly attacked and he was registered there as an unknown.

Mpande believes the case is a “simple one to prove” because all those who were involved in the scuffle are known to each other.

“ I need justice for my son. He was a good boy who liked music and fixing computers. He also helped his school with fixing their computers,” she said.

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