Imbali woman shot and killed, no arrest

2016-11-30 06:00
Thembelihle Makhathini was shot and killed outside her home in front of her children on Wednesday evening. PHOTO: Supplied

Thembelihle Makhathini was shot and killed outside her home in front of her children on Wednesday evening. PHOTO: Supplied

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A WOMAN was shot and killed in front of her two young children outside her house in Imbali Unit 2 last Wednesday evening.

Thirty-four-year-old Thembelihle Makhathini worked at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) as a senior administrator and is a mother of two boys aged five and seven.

Makhathini’s brother-in-law, Mthembeni Zondi, said the family is traumatised after the incident.

Zondi said Makhathini was driving home from work at around 7.20pm on Wednesday evening with her two boys and a friend, who was there to study with her as they were studying together part-time.

“When Thembelihle’s friend and the boys got out of the car to open the gate, two men, who were standing on the road approached her car and started shooting.

“She was shot three times in front of her children and friend. After that the men ran off on foot down the road,” said Zondi.

He said the boys and Makhathini’s friend are extremely traumatised and in urgent need of counselling.

He added that Makhathini’s husband has not been told about the incident as he is in hospital “fighting for his life”.

“Her husband, my brother, recently had a severe stroke and is currently recovering in hospital. The doctor advised us not to tell him as the news might affect his health,” said Zondi.

“My sister-in-law was a good person, who loved to work and help people. Her colleagues also described her as someone who helped a lot and were shocked after hearing the news of her death.”

The boys are being looked after by their grandmother and a woman who helps around the house.

Zondi said he does not know if the incident was work-related and is waiting on the police to investigate the matter.

He asked anyone with any information to come forward and assist the police as justice will help bring closure to the family.

A police statement confirmed the incident and said the motive for the killing is unknown.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said the matter is under investigation and no arrests have been made, but should anyone have information regarding this case they should contact Lieutenant-Colonel Morris Dladla at 082 558 1381 or Captain Musa Ntombela at 082 417 2753.

- Reporter.

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