Angry mob kills whoonga addicts

2016-09-14 06:00
           PHOTO:       nokuthula         khanyile Edwin Mazibuko and Scelo Ndlela (first and second left) were allegedly killed by an angry mob. With them is Pastor Magic Khanyile (second right), and Siyabonga Mazibuko.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Edwin Mazibuko and Scelo Ndlela (first and second left) were allegedly killed by an angry mob. With them is Pastor Magic Khanyile (second right), and Siyabonga Mazibuko.

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AN article in Maritzburg Echo on 25 August, reported on three Edendale whoonga addicts - Edwin Mazibuko (27), Scelo Ndlela (31) and Siyabonga Mazibuko (27) - who said they were tired of being slaves to whoonga and wanted to quit.

However, two of the three, Mazibuko and Ndlela, have been killed. It is alleged that an angry mob killed them on Tuesday morning for apparently stealing a Plasma TV in KwaDambuza.

According to police the incident occurred at around 4am.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said they were attacked by more than 50 people after they were suspected of stealing the TV.

“They were tracked down by angry community members, who took them from where they were living in Edendale, to an unknown location where they attacked them. At around 6am their battered bodies were recovered in a sports field behind the Edendale Lay Centre by a passer-by, who alerted the police.”

Ndlela had already succumbed to his injuries and Mazibuko was rushed to Edendale Hospital where he later died.

In the 25 August article Mazibuko had said he was tired of being a slave to whoonga.

“I would like to continue with my life because growing up I had high aspirations for my future and now it seems as if I’ve reached a dead end.”

He said he started doing drugs to numb the emotional pain after his parents died.

Ndlela at the time told Maritzburg Echo that people in the community did not see them as humans anymore.

“We are always the first suspects when crime happens in the community. People do not see us as human, we are seen as animals who do unthinkable things. Even small children are scared of us, they run away when they see us.”

Pastor Magic Khanyile, who was determined to help them fight the addiction said he is devastated.

“I am still in shock, we were going to have a meeting today [Thursday] to discuss further steps to help them fight the addiction with Sanca and stakeholders, who came forward offering help when the article came out. It is truly a sad day - this is not the ending we were anticipating.”

Khanyile said they were able to track down Ndlela’s father in Matatiele and he said he would come to collect his body for burial.

Ntombela said the police were investigating two cases of murder but no arrests had been made.

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