Three SHOT DEAD in Mbali

2019-03-20 06:00
PHOTOS: SuppliedNathi Zondi.

PHOTOS: SuppliedNathi Zondi.

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IT is still unclear as to what may have lead to the shooting of a Msunduzi senior traffic officer and his three friends in Imbali Unit 2 over the weekend.

Sfiso Tsoro Gwala (49) and his friends, Nathi Zondi (40), Nhlanhla Zibula (40) died at the scene while and Mfundo Mtshali (40), is still in Edendale Hospital hospital with a chest wound.

The men were shot while watching soccer at Gwala’s house on Saturday night, which was a regular get-together, according to his family.

Gwala’s daughter, Thandeka (25), said the family lives in fear now because they do not know what might have led to her father’s shooting.

She said the family is still confused and is looking for answers.

Thandeka said she was at her grandmother’s house in the area when the incident happened.

“My father was watching soccer with his friends in the back room as they usually do. My mother was in the main house and, according to her, she could hear my father and his friends cheering ,” she said.

Soon after that, her mother said she heard gunshots followed by dead silence.

“For about four minutes my mother could not go and check what happened, because she was scared, but she eventually did.

“She found them lying in the room and she sent us a text message, telling us to call the police because my father had been shot.

“We all quickly rushed home and saw them lying in a pool of blood.

One of my father’s friends was still alive at that time,” she said.

Thandeka said they believe that the killer jumped the fence because the gate was still locked.

She described her father as a pillar of strength in their family.

He was not only a senior traffic officer but also a South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) shop steward.

“They have taken our provider from us.

He was the backbone of this family.

What makes us worried is if they [killers] are going to come back for us,” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda, together with Umgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo and Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba­ Njilo, visited the families on Monday.

Speaking at Gwala’s house, Kaunda said they were shocked by the incident but promised the family that the police will work around the clock until they find the killer.

“We have seen police working on incidents similar to this and they produced good results. With this incident, we hope that there will be some arrests made soon.

“We know that it will not bring back those who died, but at least we will know why they were killed and we can close this chapter after finding the whole truth,” he said.

He further asked the family to come forward with any kind of information that might assist the police in finding Gwala’s killers.

Gwala’s colleagues gathered together at his house on Monday to pay their respects.

A memorial service for Gwala will be held at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall today (Thursday) at 3pm.


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