9 held after foreigners killed in KZN

2012-06-25 18:13

Johannesburg - Nine KwaZulu-Natal men were arrested on Monday for allegedly killing two foreigners and assaulting others in Mpumelelo, Pietermaritzburg, police said.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Ali Mkhuluziza, 41, a Burundian national, and seven friends were returning home when their vehicle broke down on Sunday.

They were approached by an unknown man, who threatened them before leaving.

He later returned with a group of other men carrying knives, sticks and stones. They damaged the car before assaulting the Burundian and his friends.

"Mkhuluziza ran towards a nearby house for assistance, but collapsed and died," said Zwane.

The body of one of his friends, Aiwalie Saineti, 29, was found next to a nearby river.

He is believed to have been a Malawian citizen.

Four others were treated in a local hospital.

Zwane said the nine men were arrested on Monday morning, following information supplied by the survivors of the attack.

They would appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court soon on charges of murder, assault, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-25 18:29

    Barbaric that's all I can say.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-25 18:45

      This is savagery. KZN is quickly becoming the new Limpopo. Zipper Zuma must publicly speak out against this sort of this, and he must do it often. Let's see an ANC march against Xenophobia. Oops, sorry I forgot, they are busy...

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:11

      Once again the community did NOTHING and this time the victums were black but not South African.

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-06-25 18:40

    oh no.... Lord help us....

      Rodney - 2012-06-25 20:32

      What do you propose doing with the indigenous people with no skills and sponge off the country? not the cleverest comment made.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-06-25 20:39

      @Alan whats the matter with you man? I have never met such a fantastic culture like the Zambians or as friendly as the Mosambies or as cool and collected as the Ghananians.

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:14

      I employ a guy and his wife from Moz. They are hard working, honest, sober, don't smoke, always clean and willing to learn.....unlike the locals that I used to employ, F lazy, always drunk on a Monday(if they bother to come to work), stealing my stuff, way to clever to learn.

  • sepcebekhulu - 2012-06-25 18:51

    This is deplorable!!RIP to the two men who died at the hands of barbaric scoundrels. As a black South African who studied in Australia(Brisbane to be exact)there weren't many black folks around the block and guess what? I met Kabakire (Burundian) and Mutendere(Malawian), those two were good friends of mine. It hurts me that most black south African brothers do not embrace foreign nationals. I hope for a severe punishment on those murderers

      deana.boshoff - 2012-06-25 19:00

      My sincerest condolences to you and their families. Life means nothing in Africa. May God give us the courage to face the future in SA bravely.

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:16

      Public necklasing would be in order. I'll supply the Firestones for free. It makes one wonder why the community didn't do a thing to stop or arrest these guys??????

  • Lindelwa - 2012-06-25 19:05

    Life does not have value in South Africa whether you are a foreigner, a South African, Black or White, woman or man. I visited Europe in December and I was pleasantly surprised to see young women in the early hours freely walking around and enjoying themselves without any fear of being attacked or raped and I wondered how is it possible. The police are visible and they enforce the law, one can't get away with murder. The courts are efficient in prosecuting those who are found guilty. The whole justice system is keeping the citizens safe.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-25 19:17

      why waste money and the courts time. they are animals. feed them to the lions.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-25 19:33

      I felt the same when I visited NZ with my family women don't have to worry about been raped or getting there bags stolen! There they have proper public transport unlike here where we have none

      Rodney - 2012-06-25 20:36

      Not entirely accurate Lindelwa, only last week a young woman was raped while waiting for a bus. The driver refused to let her board because she was 10 pence short. You make it sound as though Europe is free from any kind of crime, far from it, Britain has it's share of rapists, robbers and murderers, as does every country in the world. SA is admittedly one of the worst when it comes to personal safety.

      Dee - 2012-06-26 01:25

      Lindelwa - countries with biggest middle class / least economic disparity between richest and poorest seem to be overall safest. India was surprisingly "unbrutal" for me as it does have great numbers who live in poverty - but their society seemingly governed by more spiritual morality, enormous tolerance, and less judgment of people based on material posessions. It's not to do with Indian police efficiency :)) Taiwan felt the 'safest' place I've ever been : Overall, little poverty - and zero tolerance of drugs - so never heard of one addict related crime there. In 2yrs in Taiwan - I don't recall ever seeing a policeman or hearing of many violent crimes?! Poorer South American countries have high robbery & kidnapping type crimes , but I've not managed to figure out why SA crimes are so very, very violent / brutal - and the high incidence of rape?? This is something to do with our national psyche / too much anger; too high expectations / sense of entitlement and too little self-control - more than policing I think? (Although, effective law enforcement does play a part).

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:19

      Hate is the word you are looking for.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-25 19:37

    Is there any hope for this country

      Theo - 2012-06-25 21:12


  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-06-25 19:37

    No law and order in the country. Soon South Africa will be like Somalia.

  • tyroymike3 - 2012-06-25 19:55

    We need to vote for people who are able to govern - it is about time people put aside their racial issues and support worthy candidates who represent us , the ordinary citizens as human beings not a means to dive into the feeding trough. It is time for a new party in SA to save us from this creeping savage mentality which will take the whole country back to the nightmare we had pre - liberation.

  • pmalungana - 2012-06-25 20:08

    This is racism in another form. Zenophobia has alot in common with racism. For as long as south africans feel that foreigners are out to steal their jobs from white men, that's racism. The legancy of racial divided society has led to black on black violence, you cant deny that. Every time we suffer economic eploitation from these capitalists people are bound to fight over limited resources left for the majority to fend themselves

      Sharon - 2012-06-25 20:35


  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-25 20:23

    And when those who keep our mouths open get murdered on their farms, its okay. Double standards South Africa.

  • xolsan.ngcobo - 2012-06-25 20:27

    EYSH sometimes madoda niyakhenya aah

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-25 20:40

    Pittyfull! Absolutely disgusting!

  • Amanda - 2012-06-25 21:18

    I will wait with bated breath for the ANC Government to condemn this vile barbaric behaviour. Unprovocked attacks much the same as the unprovocked attacks on elderly white farmers.

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:21

      3500 idiots are plotting the fall of the country while it is burning. For them it is all collateral damage.

      thebollam - 2012-06-27 23:48

      But amanda the survivor there was clear that this is not xenophobic attack\ yesterdays witness\ so the govt. Must treat this as any criminal act that involves the loss of life

  • bmaestro - 2012-06-26 14:13

    xenophobic attack

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