He prayed while they raped her - cousin

2015-10-19 16:36
Zukisa Kela's uncle Sibongile Kela talking to reporters at the scene of his nephew's murder. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Zukisa Kela's uncle Sibongile Kela talking to reporters at the scene of his nephew's murder. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Her fiancé prayed while she was being raped by a gang of thugs and then she prayed while he was being drowned, a relative of one of the Rhodes Park victims told News24.

This is according to the fiancé’s cousin Siphiwe Nxumalo, who on Monday went to the scene where his cousin was raped and where the two men were drowned.

According to police reports, Nxumalo's cousin was held down by the attackers and one man raped her as the others watched, including her fiancé Zukisa Kela.

When he took her to the clinic on Sunday, she told him that Zukisa prayed as his fiancé was being raped by a stranger.

"When they were raping me, he was still praying," his cousin told him.

She also prayed as she watched the men tie Zukisa and their friend up and push them into the lake.

"She is really traumatised," Nxumalo said.

We are with her

Her parents, who are originally from Durban, have since come to be by their daughter's side. Family from North West and Orange Farm were also at the couple's home to provide comfort and support, Nxumalo said.

"All of us are here to take care of [her] so that she knows she is not alone. We are with her.

"It is painful, but as a family we are together to make sure that she doesn't make the wrong decision."

Nxumalo said his cousin was in contact with a social worker and was receiving psychological counselling.

When asked where the other slain man's partner was, Nxumalo said he had heard that she had gone back home to the Eastern Cape but could not confirm whether this was true or not, as the family was not in contact with her.

Zukisa and his fiancé had invited the couple to their 7th Day Adventist church, in central Johannesburg, on Saturday.

After the church service the two couples drove to Rhodes Park in Kensington, east of Johannesburg, to unwind before going home.

This is where they were accosted by the gang of about 12 men.

Cool and calm guy

Zukisa was set to marry his fiancée in December.

Nxumalo said his cousin had introduced him to Zukisa and told him that the 25-year-old was her boyfriend and that they were living together in Johannesburg.

"I told them that living together was not a good idea and that they should rather make things official," Nxumalo said.

"Then they decided to do the right thing."

He described Zukisa as a cool and calm guy who never got into fights and always did the right thing.

Nxumalo and his wife, who live in Klerksdorp in the North West, had planned to meet Zukiswa and his cousin to help them with wedding preparations.

Nxumalo said their family had been robbed of a son and his fiancée was not handling it well.

"One moment she is laughing out loud but sometimes she is quiet or she starts crying. She is not herself right now," Nxumalo said.

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