Family mourns death of ‘peacemaker’

2017-11-10 06:00
Private Nomathemba Ngeleka.PHOTO: Supplied

Private Nomathemba Ngeleka.PHOTO: Supplied

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A SOUTH Coast family is mourning the death of their 27-year-old daughter, army Private Nomathemba Ngaleka, who was shot dead by a man she had been in a relationship with for five years while at camp on a peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The murder took place last Friday and after shooting Ngaleka, the boyfriend allegedly turned the firearm on himself in an attempt to commit suicide. He is allegedly fighting for his life in a DRC hospital.

Ngaleka’s elder sister Nomthandazo from KwaNzimakwe said the couple had been going through rough patches, which might have led to the murder.

“A week ago the boyfriend phoned our parents asking them to talk to Nomathemba­ after they had fought because­ she would not forgive him,” said Nomthandazo.

Nomthandazo said the couple was planning to get married when they returned home.

“I’m shocked, they were actually making arrangements to get married when they came back from camp,” said Nomthandazo.

She said the family is traumatised, especially her 11-year-old daughter.

“My sister recently called and said she couldn’t wait to come home. Her daughter could not wait to see her after she had been gone for so long because she was living in Ladysmith at the 5 SA Infantry Battalion barracks.”

Nomthandazo said her sister was humble and very peaceful and this is a huge loss to the family.

“She was very humble and straight forward, always making peace when there were altercations in the family.

“She was a pillar of strength in our family,” said Nomthandazo.

In a statement, SANDF spokesperson Brigadier Mafi Mgobozi said the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Memorial and funeral service details are still to be finalised.


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