Murdered, burnt woman buried

2017-08-25 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoThobeka Nyangeni’s relatives at the funeral.

Photo: siphelele nketoThobeka Nyangeni’s relatives at the funeral.

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SPEAKERS at the funeral service of Thobeka Nyangeni (23), who was murdered and burnt, and whose body was found near the Shayamoya sports field on August 6, called for justice for her and accused the police of not taking the case seriously.

Nyangeni was buried in Franklin last Sunday. The service was attended by members of the ANC Kokstad sub-region, the Horseshoe community and Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Bheki Mtolo.

Her boyfriend was arrested for her murder and was supposed to make his first court appearance last Thursday, but did not arrive.
Concerned community members, led by ANC Kokstad sub-regional chairperson, Phumzile Nocanda, picketed outside Kokstad Magistrate’s Court in support of Nyangeni’s family.
The family and the community said they had not been briefed about the case or what had happened.

“From 8am to 4pm we waited in court, but prosecutors told us they do not have the docket.
“When we went to the offices of the detectives we were told that the docket was with the prosecutors,” said Nocanda.

Nyangeni’s sister Yolanda Mtshali at the service told mourners that Nyangeni’s boyfriend admitted to her that he had killed Nyangeni.
“On August 7, I was called to the detective offices to make a statement and Nyangeni’s boyfriend was present. They asked him to say something to me and he looked into my eyes and confirmed he had killed my sister,” said Mtshali.

She said she last saw Nyangeni on the night of August 4 when she went to bed.
“On August 5, I received a cell phone message from Nyangeni’s phone saying ‘Ndiyeza’ (I am coming) and another one saying, ‘Xelela uZakes andilinde ndisendleleni esuka edolophini. Battery low’ (Please tell Zakes to wait for me I am on my way from town)’.
“When I phoned back her phone went to voicemail. The phone is still missing,” said Mtshali.

Nyangeni’s mother, Phumla told Fever that she is disappointed with justice system.
“I am heartbroken about having to bury my daughter.”

The dead woman’s friends said Nyangeni was too scared to end her relationship with her boyfriend because he beat her and he did not want her to have friends.

Fever sent enquiries to SAPS asking them about case, but no response had been received at the time of going to press.

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