Woman relives murder ordeal

2017-10-13 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe former health spokesperson, Andile Pani.

PHOTO: suppliedThe former health spokesperson, Andile Pani.

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“HE didn’t deserve to die like that. I am struggling to understand why they murdered my husband. I remember well - he used to call me ‘sweety’ and I used to reply, ‘sweety’.”

Nomsa, wife of murdered EG and Usher Memorial Hospital Spokesperson and PR, Andile Pani, weeps as she relives the pain of losing her sweetheart, who was gunned down recently.

Andile was a former newspaper journalist-turned health spokesperson in Kokstad.

Now his wife has spoken about the horrific ordeal­ they experienced when they were accosted in what she says was armed robbery that turned to murder at their home in Flagstaff last Thursday.

“It was about 10.30pm when we got home from a farewell for my mother-in-law. We were both happy and I opened the gate for Andile to drive our vehicle into the yard.”

She, then went into the house leaving her husband to lock the car, who then followed her inside.

“While in the house, I heard my husband, who was just coming into the house, screaming for help. Then I saw him fall down and crying for help over and over.

“I then saw two men in balaclavas, both of whom has firearms, and realised they had shot my husband.

“They then went straight for me and my daughter instructing us stop crying otherwise they would kill us.

“One of them went to my child’s bedroom and came back with shoes. The one removed the shoe laces and tied me and my daughter up in the lounge, forcing us to lie on the floor on our stomach. I heard one of them say they had’ done their job successfully’.”

“They also came back from my daughter’s room with her cell phone and took mine and my husband’s and demanded that I unlock them both so they could use them later.

She said after the ordeal the criminals went outside, but then returned demanding money and firearms.

“I told them I didn’t have money and Andile did not have a firearm. Then I heard my husband gasping, but no one was helping him, and he died there and then.

They also demanded the keys to our vehicle and went to the car. I then prayed that the vehicle started because if it didn’t they would come back and kill us.”

She said they couldn’t start the car and returned to the house and asked her how to start it. They also asked if it was fitted with a tracking device and if she knew how to drive, and she told them she didn’t.

“They then went outside again and when they returned the second time, after still failing to start the vehicle, I asked them to untie me. All this time my daughter was lying on the floor, petrified.”

“They responded to me, saying: ‘the dog must die’, referring to my husband. Then they left with our TV, leaving the car behind.

“I will never forget what they did to my husband and I demand that government bring back the death sentence in South Africa.”

Eastern Cape SAPS Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela confirmed the incident and said a murder case has been opened and they are investigating.

The memorial for Andile was held at EG and Usher Memorial Hospital yesterday.

He will be buried at his home town in Lusikisiki tomorrow.

In a statement sent to Fever, the KZN Department of Health, Harry Gwala District office, confirmed the death of Pani.

I told them I didn’t have money and
Andile did not have a firearm. Then I heard my husband gasping, but
no one was helping him, and he died there and
then.

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