Family angry over Ndaba murder

2018-11-21 06:01

THE family of slain traffic officer Thobani Ndaba, who was shot and killed in the Umvoti Municipality premises, have accused Umvoti people of killing him.

This was revealed by Ndaba’s uncle Skhumbuzo Sibisi, who said they are very angry as a family and they are searching for answers but have no idea as to where to find them.

Sibisi was speaking at Ndaba’s funeral, which was held at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturday.

Emotions ran high as speakers described Ndaba as a funny, happy and respectful person who always had a smile on his face.

Sibisi said: “We want to know how the killers entered the municipal premises and killed Thobani. The killers must tell us what it was that made them want Thobani dead.The fact is that Umvoti people killed him. When we sent my nephew to Umvoti in 2011 to start his job there we never thought we would fetch him as a dead body,” he said.

However, the Umvoti Municipality Mayor Thami Ngubane dismissed the allegation that the people who killed Ndaba are from Umvoti.

He said people who live in the Umvoti Municipality loved Ndaba like their own.

He said he was one of the traffic officers who was loved the most because he travelled to different places within the municipality, interacting with people and chairing meetings.

“We also hate the people who killed Ndaba. When they killed him they were not acting on the mandate of Umvoti people.This killing could have happened anywhere. Just because he was killed in Umvoti does not mean Umvoti people killed him.Even if the people who killed him were from there, they were not acting on a mandate from the Umvoti community. I know Umvoti and Greytown people are not violent. We are all shocked by this incident, even the community at large is shocked.

Hlengiwe Ndaba, who is Ndaba’s aunt, said Ndaba was everything to them. She said he always wanted to succeed in life.

“We were so happy to send my brother to work at Umvoti, not knowing that he would come back in a coffin. We are so sad and heartbroken.We never thought that my brother would come back like this,” she said.

Ndaba’s eldest child Nhlakanipho Ndaba said that the matter makes him angry more than it makes him sad.

“My father was a good person but he was killed like a dog. The way he was killed does not sit well with me. There were lots of people who depended on him.Now that he is gone, what is going to happen to those people and his children? My father has left a big gap that I have to fill as an older child but I can see now that I will not be able to do it,” he said.

Nolwazi Ndaba, who is Ndaba’s sister, revealed that some of the family members did not see Ndaba’s body because of the state it was in. She said even Ndaba’s mother and children did not see it, except for Nhlakanipho.

“We did not want them to see my brother in that state. I went to see him because I thought I was strong but what I saw will haunt me for the rest of my life. My brother did not deserve to be killed like this,”she said crying.

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