Son is shot to death

2017-09-21 06:00
Nomawaka Poni wants answers for her son Thembalethu(in photo) who died during an altercation with police. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Nomawaka Poni wants answers for her son Thembalethu(in photo) who died during an altercation with police. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The family of a man who was gunned down during a police raid in Langa, says they have been left with more questions than answers.

On Sunday 10 September, Thembalethu Poni,33, and another man, were gunned down inside a shack in Zone 17 in Langa.

His mother, Nomawaka, 58, now says she is in the dark regarding the circumstances around the death of her son.

Speaking to City Vision, she said that even as she visited the crime scene, no-one told her what happened that her son lay dead.

“They just gave me his belongings, a chain and a wallet, and told me to go collect his body at the morgue.

Worst of all, when I arrived at the mortuary I found that my son was listed as an unknown,” she said.

She said she wanted to know why her son was killed and why his body was abandoned at the mortuary despite revealing herself as the mother of the deceased.

“I know that he was not a saint and that he used to drink and smoke with his friends but we need closure as a family,” she said.

She said according to information she received from a neighbour, Thembalethu and other men were in a shack smoking and drinking when cops raided the place.

Gunshots rang out and his body was found on the street.

“It was around 8pm when the neighbour heard multiple gunshots and then he(Thembalethu) was seen lying down on the street. The police have not told us why he was killed or whether he was wanted or did he try to fight the police; no one is talking,” she said.

Police have revealed that Thembalethu was part of a group of men who exchanged gun fire with officers.

Captain FC van Wyk said: “Metro police officers were following up on information about a wanted suspect regarding an attempted murder and robbery in Langa. “When they arrived at the shack ... the suspects fired at the police officers,”


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