‘We need answers’ — Shange family

2019-02-06 06:00

A FAMILY in Imbali Unit BB is searching for answers following the death of one of their own.

Thamsanqa Shange (47) went missing on Saturday evening while taking a walk, a fitness regime which he did often. After not returning home that evening, his wife started to get worried. She reported the matter to other family members and neighbours, and got a search under way.

The following day, Thamsanqa’s body was found with head injuries and his right leg was broken, however it was unclear as to how the injuries occurred.

According to Shange’s brother, ward 4 councillor Bongumusa­ Shange, the family is devastated and they are looking for answers.

Speaking to Echo, the councillor said his brother left his house to take a walk at around 5pm saying he would be back in a few minutes, but he never returned.

“He loved exercising and he used to encourage everyone to live healthy and exercise. We were so shocked when we got a got a call from his wife saying that he did not come back home.

“We knew that he was not the irresponsible type that would just leave and not come back. He was a man of God and was of sober habits.”

After receiving the news Bongumusa said the family came together and started searching for Shange on Sunday, with the help of the community members and neighbours.

“We didn’t even know where to start looking because we had already gone to hospitals and police stations.

“We then went back to Imbali Unit BB and started asking around as to where he was last seen and that information eventually led us to where he was,” he said.

Bongumusa­ said his brother’s body was found by a neighbour who was part of the search in a small bush not far from the main road (Willowfontein Road).

“Judging from the way his body was lying after he was found we believe that someone had thrown him there.

“We suspect that maybe he was hit by a car but what confuses us is that there were no signs of a hit-and-run that on the road — no broken glass or blood. The blood was only found where he was lying.

“The whole community is devastated with his death,” he said.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed the incident, saying that a man was jogging and was hit by a car and that police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

Shange’s family however are waiting for the post mortem results to confirm this.

“We will not find peace until we find the truth. We hope that one day the truth will come out,” said Bongumusa.

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