Hijacked teacher bleeds to death in driveway

2014-05-23 09:05

Mlondi Radebe, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - For more than 45 heart-wrenching minutes, paramedics and bystanders tried in vain to resuscitate a teacher who had been shot by hijackers outside her home in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday night.

Thokozani Madlala, 51, a teacher at Mehlokazulu High School who was also studying for a diploma in theology, was attacked by two gunmen when she arrived home from her theology class at Union Bible Institute (UBI).

Drawing up to the Gables complex - which features security measures such as a security guard, an electric fence above a wall and an electric gate - at around 20:30, she was shot three times before her attackers pulled her out of her Toyota Corolla and dumped her on her driveway, leaving her to bleed to death from abdominal wounds.


She tried to walk into the complex to get help, but soon collapsed on the driveway, unable to continue.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders and ER24 paramedics to help her, she died there.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija, said paramedics took over CPR from bystanders, but she later died.

Three men were taken in for questioning on Thursday in connection with the shooting.

Neighbours at the Gables in Poinsettia Road, Cleland, were still shocked at what happened.

A neighbour who asked not to be named said he heard people shouting, “Vula, vula, phuma!” (open and get out).

“Then it was gun shots, then the doors of the car banged and they sped off … We ran to the gate to see what was happening,” he said.

Another said, “We were sitting in the bedroom when I heard a sound I did not recognise. My husband went to the window to see what was happening, but he could not see them. He only saw her coming into the yard when the car had sped off. The security guard was also running away from the gate as he was not sure what was happening.”


Madlala’s shocked father Albert Madlala said he still could not believe what had happened.

“One of her colleagues came to see us on Wednesday to tell us that people had hijacked her, but we thought she was okay. We went to her house and found that she had been shot dead and the car had been taken."

He said it was heartbreaking to see his daughter lying dead on her driveway.

He said his daughter was a faithful member of a church, a good teacher and a valuable member of the family.

Her brother Mfanafuthi Madlala said, “She was full of love; she loved everyone in the family. Even though she was living in her own home, she spent most of her time with the family here at the family home [in Imbali 1].”

Teachers from her school visited the family home on Thursday to pay their respects.

One of school's best teachers

Mehlokazulu High’s principal Thami Shabalala said they had lost one of their best teachers. “She was a born-again Christian who had humanity, and did not compromise on the truth for anything. She was not just a teacher but a parent to the pupils she was teaching.”

The principal at the Union Bible Institute, Dr Greorge Mnisi, said she was doing her last year of a diploma in theology. “She was a member of the council. She was hard-working and faithful,” said Mnisi.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Alexandra Road police are investigating murder and hijacking charges.

He said Madlala’s car was recovered in the Hammarsdale area and confirmed that three men were taken in for questioning

  • Rod Clark - 2014-05-23 09:13

    Must be time to reconsider death penalty. We live in a so called democracy, let the people decide.

      Gideon Joubert - 2014-05-23 09:39

      Or we can make it easier for law abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families. It should be made easier to obtain S13 (Self Defence) licences, especially for women. An armed and trained citizen is a criminal's worst fear. There are regular success stories of this paying off:

      Martin Ferguson - 2014-05-23 09:56

      Torture then death penalty. Quick death serves no purpose.

      Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-05-23 10:02

      I think they will consider it when their own families are being bushed because people have been dying but they are not even considering this DEATH PENALTY1

      Jeremy Thewasp - 2014-05-23 10:04

      Sadly just another average day in our country Criminals run a mock in a Criminal State proudly supported by our Mafia Govt.. The African national Corruption Movement

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-05-23 10:05

      CRIME, what crime? They voted for no change. This is it. RIP Gogo.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2014-05-23 10:36

      This sort of thing has been part of SA's history Mr Colin Craig Broadfoot. You and others like you seem to think that crime only started in South Africa after 1994 - and I guess you did not even consider the system you were living under pre-1994 a criminal act in itself. The problem with you is that you want to politicise even the most ghastly of crimes which could be perpetrated on anyone. I agree people like you can't but think in terms of blaming everything on post-1994 events because pre-1994 was paradise for you. You know what Broadfoot this country's got a great future and all you have to do is read the great comments on this story here from across the spectrum and you'll see what I mean. O, I still don't believe the death penalty will ever reduce the rate of this sort of crime but by God I support it's reintroduction for nothing other than REVENGE. These deaths must be avenged not by life in prison with some distant hope of rehabilitation and reintroduction into society but by a long nylon rope around their necks!

      Knersis - 2014-05-23 11:54

      R.I.P ma Thokozani. Another senseless killing of a good citizen in this lawless country. That is exactly why the poor / uneducated / lazy keeps the ANC in power. The ANC supports their way of living.

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-05-23 12:11

      Mlungisi Botha, Sorry to burst your bubble. I was a cop from 76 in Soweto until 2001 in the Midlands when farmers were being slaughtered. There is nothing you can tell me about crime then and now. It is much worse now.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2014-05-24 08:00

      @Broadfoot: I don't doubt you were a cop in 1976 and I don't doubt that you were a good cop and good cops shot kids to kill. I don't doubt either that farmers in the Midlands were being killed. nor do I doubt that South Africans were killing each other. See crime for what it is Broadfoot - it destroys us and our country and needs to be eradicated, not by "I've seen it all former cops" like you nor by "there is nothing you can tell me about crime then and now" attitudes like yours but by coming down heavily on those criminals through the reintroduction of very hard labour and the rope! Only when people pay for their crimes the hard way will we see a massive reduction. So, don't glorify the past as if it was paradise for everyone, don't politicise crime coz you end up focusing on the wrong people and for God's sake listen to what others have to say and maybe you'll learn something new. We're in 2014 and not 1976. O, if you were a cop shooting at kids in 1976 then you're probably in your 60's? 70's? - struggling to understand 2014 and seeing some of the people you shot at in power?? I love my country South Africa and all it's people with all my heart and I know we'll rid ourselves of crime and it's criminals - past and present!!

  • Jim Wallace - 2014-05-23 09:13

    Eish , and the guys will sell the car for R5000 . And the engine is to be used on a Quantum taxi , spares sold . And a soul had to be taken .

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-05-23 10:03

      People must stop buying stolen goods. They are not cheap at all

      Gideon Joubert - 2014-05-23 10:07

      Indeed Siyabonga: they cost the price of a life.

  • Antonio Bandarass - 2014-05-23 09:15

    Death Penalty

  • sxp - 2014-05-23 09:16

    This happens as we sit with a sicko regime who does not take crime prevention and justice seriously. This poor woman and her her family was let down by the 70%+ voters who voted for thieves, criminals, corrupt idiots and bad services.

      Billy Thapelo Selai - 2014-05-23 09:48

      @sxp, please don't bring politics into this, crime is independent, even the best governed countries in the world got animals who kill and hijacks.

      Phil Galpin - 2014-05-23 11:05

      Crime is NOT independent! Its a result of the policies of the government of the day, and their predecessors. SA is a violent country where people sleep with guns under their pillows and use guns for even the smallest of thefts! That is because governments OF ALL HUES have used violence on their citizens and refused to listen to their cries. Sharpville is remembered because it fits in with the ANC's rhetoric, Marikana will be brushed under the carpet because it doesn't!

  • Stanton Clarke - 2014-05-23 09:16


  • Landile Mamve - 2014-05-23 09:23

    Eish....even the bible could not save this holy woman...R.I.P.....

      Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-05-23 10:19

      The poor woman was probably numb from shock and could not get out of her car quickly enough, for that she paid with her life. It's easy to say "i'll shoot them" but in that moment everything stands still. RIP lady, our country has lost what it so desperately need more off, a good woman & exemplary teacher.

      Takudzwa Mugwangi - 2014-05-23 17:31

      If you take time to read the bible you will realize death is imminent. As far as the bible goes , it promises the eternal life in the kingdom of heaven to the righteous. John the Baptist was beheaded and his head was delivered on a silver platter.

  • James Smith - 2014-05-23 09:24

    And our f.up government is "concerned" by situation in thailand. UNBELIEVABLE

  • PointBlank - 2014-05-23 09:25

    Zuma and his cronies are safe with his 200 Million Rand security and their multitude of bodyguards, what do they care for the rest of us who have to lock ourselves away every night and pray we not next.

  • Dickson Sithole - 2014-05-23 09:25


  • Edna Errenrich - 2014-05-23 09:26

    This is why our lard ass pres has a bunker he knows crime is rampant but will continue to say all is ok

      Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 10:27

      He may be president of the countrys illiterate, ill informed masses but he will never be my president. I spit in the face of that trash. No respect for dirt

  • Valerie Widmann - 2014-05-23 09:27

    How very sad. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  • marnus.vandermerwe - 2014-05-23 09:31

    We must start a campaign to bring back the death penalty! Its a democracy and we can vote it in!! Its a matter of willpower!

      Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 09:55

      How, how, how. Pls if someone out there knows, I will subscribe, pay, sign, petition, sacrifice a day off wrk, scream from the top of my lungs in support. Pls tell us there is a way

  • Tim Elliott - 2014-05-23 09:33

    Somone convince me that these are not simply barbaric savages...why do so many people on this continent have no respect for human life?

  • Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda - 2014-05-23 09:34

    thez a zulu song that say "ungambulali uzomdinga" dnt kill him u"ll need him, so if they kill us all who are they going to hijack nxt tym coz the country will b in the hands of mafias, bastards deserve death penalty

  • Charlotte Van Dongen - 2014-05-23 09:39

    How aweful!!! May her soul rest in peace, and may the Lord hold her family in His embrace.

      Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 10:24

      Im sure her family would have preferred to hold her in their embrace. Get real.

  • Sthembile Shongwe - 2014-05-23 09:42

    my her soul RIP

  • Alex Alexander - 2014-05-23 09:43

    "The South African government has expressed concern regarding the political situation in the Kingdom of Thailand" It is too busy to address the real issues that we face daily.

  • Sabiha Lockhat - 2014-05-23 09:44

    what cruelty is this, so sad they should have just demanded her car why kill an innocent person, may she rip and she will now be in safety in Gods hand and only God can punish those idiots

      Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 09:49

      Whyshould our punishing god first allow this to happen then go onto punish the perpertrators. Is god a fallacy afterall. ##Just asking##

      Peter William - 2014-05-23 12:28

      Well God must be very busy but I see no justice so excuse me for asking but where is he.

  • Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 09:46

    RIP madam and thank you for your contribution to this country, I pray that your murderers suffer the most agonizing pain for months on end before they perish. Times like this, we got to ask where our so called god was and did he turn a blind eye again. Eish

  • Peter Tracey - 2014-05-23 09:47


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  • Clarissa - 2014-05-23 09:51

    Dit maak my de moer in. Ek is ook n vrou en kom ook laat by die huis party aande!! Maar, ek is paraat! Die eerste een wat my sal probeer aanval skiet ek morsdood, sommer so deur my motorvensters!!

      gina.swart.5 - 2014-05-25 15:11

      ...en jy sal vir jou moeite aangekla word vir moord...

  • Alan Barclay - 2014-05-23 09:55

    Death penalty for these scumbags!

  • lskosana3 - 2014-05-23 09:57

    She doesn't sound like a woman who would have died for a car. Criminals ai

  • Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-05-23 10:00


  • Tshepiso Motaung - 2014-05-23 10:10

    Most of the comments here are complaining about the government, what are you doing as a community?

      Oppie Koppie - 2014-05-23 10:11

      Im a senior member of my community watch, a police reservist, I volunteer for the NSRI, ...and you?

      Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-05-23 10:21

      Oh please tell me what we must do as a community? Catch them and the shiz out of them, end up in prison for assault?? Get real!

      Steve Bobs - 2014-05-23 10:47

      Guess you voted for the ANC then? Idiot

      Babs Putar - 2014-05-23 12:14

      But then why does the president and all his hencemen keep telling us that the crime rate is down. They do absolutely nothing about it. Oh no! this government because of crime are getting big bucs in through VAT and taxes as law abiding citizens pay dearly for protection. So why should the government do anything to control it. Why is Zuma and all his buddies, living behind high walls and state of the art security systems if we don't have a crime problem?

  • Angelo Castagno - 2014-05-23 10:18

    Disgusting animals. Actually an animal wouldnt do that. Scum of the earth these people.

  • Priscilla Marthenuissen - 2014-05-23 10:19

    Possible implication of the death penalty could be no mercy for the victim.

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-05-23 10:22

    South Africa has a good story to tell. Yeah right.

      Jimmy Don - 2014-05-23 11:35

      Jip reads like a fairy tale doesn't it , but please also note , apart from this lady killed, 39 others on average were killed yesterday and today and tomorrow and so on and so on.....

      Lindiwe Mcata - 2014-05-23 11:46

      Yeah right Were Wolf, cos it's nt the government who's killing its citizens bt thugs. It is nt like in the 70s and 80s where u can be killed for expressing your views.

  • Thabiso Skhosana - 2014-05-23 10:31

    Thats so sad may her soul rest in peace!!

  • Hennie Barnard - 2014-05-23 10:32

    It is terrible when you hear about good people dying, and you know nothing will probably happen to the bad people who did this. We really need to move from black vs white to good vs bad. It is ridiculous that the few criminals control how the masses live, in fear. We will not be free until we are safe.

  • Josephine Medupe - 2014-05-23 10:32


  • Ria Cook - 2014-05-23 10:52

    If the "men" taken in for questioning are the culprits, please release them, tell them to run, and shoot them in the back.

  • Warren Phillips - 2014-05-23 10:53

    Another productive member of our society snuffed out by useless piles of crap.

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-05-23 10:53

    Terrible news. You can get shot for a loaf of bread in this country and nothing will happen.

      Ria Cook - 2014-05-23 12:39

      Loaf of bread? Most of the time it's for a stupid bloody cell phone.

  • Cliff Slabbert - 2014-05-23 10:59

    Bring back the death penalty!

  • Barbara Clemson - 2014-05-23 11:04

    there's on more angel in the heaven. she looked a beautiful kind person. rest in peace and condolences to the family. killers, child rapists and rapists should be put onto an island 12km into shark infested waters with no access to food and water and the one who survives gets pardoned.

      Sabeer Mahomed - 2014-05-23 12:16

      Are you God to put her in Heaven? Quick to judge hey!

  • Yaj Chetty - 2014-05-23 11:22

    what a tragic loss . the bloodbath continues unabated while our leaders fiddle around and plunder public coffers.

  • Wouter Myburgh - 2014-05-23 11:29

    Yes we live in a free society. You are "free" to rob, rape, murder, corrupt...... and nobody in government seems to care as long as they are elected into positions of power and wealth???

  • Angelo De Albuquerque - 2014-05-23 11:46

    Security Guard was runing Away ...WOW ....Then Whats the point of Security Guard

      Mariana Ciacciariello - 2014-05-23 14:45

      The guard did not ran away. He was running in her aid when they started shooting. Not the other way around! The report is incorrect.

  • MinaMoo - 2014-05-23 11:46

    I have been a victim of a high jacking. They pulled the trigger but the bullet got stuck in the chamber - it surely wasn't my time to go! This incident has changed my life. I am now more vigilant and of my surroundings. I also licensed to carry a firearm. Why do we have to go through something like this and carry weapons to protect ourselves? Because our justice system has failed us terribly! My heart bleeds for the family of the victim! I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace mam.

      Peter William - 2014-05-23 12:20

      You are lucky to be alive.

  • Lolo Thwala - 2014-05-23 11:51

    I hope those thugs get life sentence why kill her because they already had her car-bastards!

  • Schalk Johannes Brand - 2014-05-23 11:56

    Dit is so siek en hartseer storie

  • Mpho Moloi - 2014-05-23 11:58

    & we blame OP for being paranoid when crimes like this are enjoyed by thugs.LAla ngoxolo mama!

      Peter William - 2014-05-23 12:19

      OP was in his home not on the road, sorry no excuse murder is murder.

  • Peter William - 2014-05-23 12:17

    They are Zimbabweans that is their lingo. poor woman, no matter how much one does to lift the people of this country out of their doldrums this is their reward death. My condolences to the family and friends.

  • - 2014-05-23 12:29

    I pray for he family so much respect for teachers :(

  • shelley.jennings.5 - 2014-05-23 12:31

    They won't bring back the death penalty. Too many Africans will die

  • Phillip Sitole - 2014-05-23 12:32

    Young black men,y the evil deeds,when will u stop? that could be ur aunt u killed u moron nxa!

      Ntumeng Caroline - 2014-05-24 05:17

      Foolish,useless,heartless cows. Nxa

  • Willa Prinsloo - 2014-05-23 12:38

    Imagine she had even 1% of R 240 million rand to upgrade her security - she probably stood a chance to be alive today

  • Anakin Stealthwalker - 2014-05-23 12:57

    RIP, my sincere condolences for the family. Law abiding citizens won't be safe unless we take another look at the death penalty for violent crimes where innocent people loose their lives. I can't park my bakkie in the street for 5x minutes, I'm busy putting up yet more spikes on the wall, I can't go out in the dark if I hear something - one is effectively trapped in your own property/house until the next morning. Forget about driving around at night if you have a bakkie - even with Netstar and even if you are armed: these thugs travel around looking for targets, and as one person you can't fire back at two or more thugs at the same time - and if you hit one you are charged with attempted murder. I can handle pilfering but this type of violent crime must stop. It's a real pity the police can't just shoot them dead instead of arresting them. We live in fear while this scum know that they will only go to jail if caught : not good enough! When can we have our streets back? When can I stop being paranoid?! Every time I come back home I have to check for suspicious pedestrians lurking around. One in six times I have to circle the block so they can f**k off before I can pull up to the gate - day or night. Two weeks ago we found a wheelbarrow (?)hidden under the shrubs by the fence facing the street. We are really gatvol & tired of all this - it's really crap that we have to live like this.

      Dudebear - 2014-07-21 09:13

      I hear your pain, Anakin. I have the same pain. What gets me is that this violent crime is totally acceptable by the authorities in our land. They have the attitude that crime is okay, it's a job, just don't get caught. Citizens keep on saying the same thing ever day, "we are sick of this" and we continually give the same reasons everyday and you know what else is sad, Zuma will not be reading News24. Anyone in the SAPS or justice department will never reply to this.

  • Michael Felix - 2014-05-23 13:02

    Bastards !!!