Elderly KZN couple found killed

2012-10-22 10:22

Pietermaritzburg - The last time they were seen alive, an elderly couple from rural KwaSwayimane had gone to collect their monthly pension and do grocery shopping.

On Saturday, three days later, one of their neighbours went to check why she had not received the mielies she had asked them to buy.

The neighbour knocked on the main rondavel and when she did not find the couple, went to a smaller one, where she was assailed by a strong stench.

It was here that she discovered their decomposing bodies.


Mfanalo Mkhize, 84, was found slumped on the floor, with a rope around his neck, while his partner Zamekile Ngidi, 65, was still hanging from the rafters.

Mkhize's licensed firearm and pension money were missing, although the groceries the couple bought remained untouched.

Their homestead was isolated, with visitors having to cross the Umgeni River to reach them.

This latest attack on the elderly in the area has angered the KwaSwayimane community, who have yet to come to terms with the brutal rapes in July of a 94-year-old woman and an 84-year-old in the area.

Mkhize’s son, Kumakwakhe, 55, said the family was in shock.

“The last time my father was seen alive was when he went to collect his pension with his partner on Wednesday.

“The two lived alone and had the neighbour not visited them on Saturday morning, people would not have known about this cruel deed.”

Mkhize described his father as “a very decent man” who raised 16 children “and gave us nothing but love and education”.

"We are still coming to terms with the loss, because he did not have enemies and he was loved by community members as one of the elders in the area.

“He was old and we were hoping that he would die of natural causes,” he said.

Safety fears

Another neighbour, Khethiwe Myeza, 65, said there was no longer any guarantee that old people would be safe in the area.

“I live in fear because this could be me.”

Myeza hoped that police would tighten security in the area to curb crime, especially against the elderly.

Umshwathi Municipality speaker, Councillor Nonhlanhla Msomi, said she was very worried about the escalation of attacks on elderly people in the KwaSwayimane area.

“We recently had incidents of 94- and 84-year-old pensioners who were raped in the same area and now we have an incident where senior citizens have been killed in the very same area,” she said.

She had contacted the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu to intervene.

Mchunu’s spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the MEC was shocked and angry at the ongoing brutality against senior citizens in KwaSwayimane, adding such cruelty was totally unacceptable.

“The MEC will report this matter to cabinet to see if there are any interventions that can remedy the situation,” Ncalane said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the motive for the killing was unknown and no arrests had yet been made.

Two counts of murder and house robbery were being investigated.

Earlier this month, The Witness reported that the KwaZulu-Natal department of social development had decided to open a state-of-the-art daycare centre for the elderly in the area.

Department spokesperson Vukani Mbhele told The Witness it would cater for the different needs of the aged in the community.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-22 10:28

    some drug addict took their pension money for his/her next fix and gun so as to rob someone for the next fix. killed them probably because they recognised him/her during the robbery. rest in peace and may this murderer be found and hang him

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 10:50

      MOB JUSTICE is needed.... It just SICKENS ME TO MY STOMACHE when I read crappola like this.... Please hand this KILLER/KILLERS over to the community... Pretty sure they will sort this problem out, once and for all!!!!!!!

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-10-22 11:33

      This is why we need the death penalty back. Find them and hang them. The people who perpetrate these crimes NEVER only do it once. The sooner they are taken out of the gene pool the better.

      lownabester - 2012-10-22 11:38

      Why???? If you have to steal, pick on somebody your own age that can beat the hell out of you, Sick sick!!!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-22 10:30

    Sadly, in this crime infested country of ours, these old folk did indeed die of "natural causes". Condolences to the families.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-22 10:34

      Brilliant comment Andrea!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-22 11:10

      True and very sad.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 10:35

    There is something wrong with this country, something very wrong... Stealing is one thing, but why do these animals have to butcher the people like this??? Why the disgraceful murders and the humiliation of the victims???! Animals!

      GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-10-22 12:10

      Charles.. This is the Atheistic world we are living in... Communism is next! It's all because God has been left out of the picture... Man wants to be God, and God leaves man to his choices! I pray for this country and the atheist movement to die out and for people to find God again and turn to Him!!

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-10-22 10:41

    soon, very soon. Murder wil surely be classified as natural death in SA.

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 10:52

      Sad but true @ collet.

  • greypatriot - 2012-10-22 10:49

    Find the killers and burn them!

  • jomar.delange - 2012-10-22 10:54

    Always preying on the old and weak. Sick!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 12:10

      Young Lions! They are all cowards!!!

      GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-10-22 12:17

      Yup, and Satan is like a Lion, prowling the earth, looking for people to devour... See the connection! Satan is Lord of this world. But our hope is found in Jesus!

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-22 14:17

      Predators - like wolves with evil froth dribbling.

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-10-22 11:08

    Being murdered is a "traditional death" in SA

  • John - 2012-10-22 11:14

    To say that SA is a sick country is to underestimate the problem. It is said that "you judge a civilization by the criminals it produces." I personally do NOT think that Africa will get better. It is quite simply, too far gone.

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-10-22 12:06

      You right John but all the condemning, complaining is not going to help, im asking whats the solution, If there is God there has to be one.Because clearly man made laws dont work.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-22 11:25

    Sick Easy to dismiss these things when sitting behind bullet proof windows, travelling in bullet proof cars and lifts and being safe in an underground bunker. When the reason for all of that can be seen by going into a house where 2 old people are swinging from the rafters......

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-22 11:32

    When will this incompetent, money wasting, corrupt government wake up and realize that we have a serious problem? After Mangaung? The farmers, rural elderly, infants... Anarchy is strife

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-22 11:39

    not fair. killing old decent people - disgusting. time for mob justice

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-22 12:08

    My heart bleeds for all the old people who are victimised in such barbaric ways. Vigilante justice may rear it's ugly head, if the killers are caught. Everybody should stand up against thugs who live among us.

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2012-10-22 12:29

    say thanks to zuma,he is the cause that these people are being raped cause of his so-called pardon for votes.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-22 13:02

    Always with the murdering of old people. There is no respect for life in this country, especially when it comes to the elderly.

  • littlelearner - 2012-10-22 13:46

    hanged? Perhaps they hanged themselves and were burgled after. I do in no way want to sound callous or unfeeling but why go to all the hassle of hanging them if they stole their gun?

      Andrea - 2012-10-22 15:17

      littlelearner, you're name says it all. You are way too young to be posting on such serious topics.

      littlelearner - 2012-10-22 15:23

      Andrea, my name says little learner, not YOUNG learner!

      Andrea - 2012-10-22 16:08

      And you wonder why nobody bothers to give you a thumbs up? Go fart please, it will give your (little) brain a breathing opportunity.

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-22 13:52

    what's wrong with KZN?

  • dhani.nel - 2012-12-13 13:12

    The rule of the ANC will go down in the history books as the worst period in the history of South Africa. Rape, murder, robbery, corruption, hatred, etc etc and then they honoured their Dear Leader with a medal for bravery. Everything Madiba fought for is long lost.

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