Breadwinner killed in Hammanskraal was trying to earn R150

2016-05-27 10:13
Elias Tshabalala 45, killed in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Elias Tshabalala 45, killed in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - A Soshanguve family’s breadwinner was killed during violent Hammanskraal protests while trying to earn R150 to feed his family.

“I can’t comprehend that we can lose my brother for R150. I just can’t accept this,” Elias Tshabalala’s older brother Sam said.

He was killed on Monday when residents turned on employees of the Red Ants security company and a Pretoria-based construction and security business, which had been sent to evict them from land in the area.

A second worker, Lucky Nelushi, was also killed during the altercation with residents. Five people have been arrested, one of them for murder.

Tshabalala made money from temporary jobs as a welder.

“Elias left the house on Monday at 05:30 after they were told on Sunday that there would be a piece job for them. At 18:30 we were told that Elias was killed in Hammanskraal,” Sam Tshabalala said.

Horrific injuries

Elias was married and had two children, aged 25 and 6.

His sister Thandi described the family’s trauma when they saw his body at the mortuary. His injuries were horrific, she said.

“One side of his body was completely burnt. It was very painful to see that. We are very hurt. We will never forget about it. It will never leave our hearts or our minds." 

The family said they were shattered and did not know how they would survive.

The Tshabalalas only heard of Elias’s death in the evening when a pathologist called their neighbour to ask if they knew the man. They had found his phone in his pocket when they collected his body in Kanana extension 3. 

Sam questioned why police apparently did nothing to protect his brother and his colleagues.

"The people who told us about Elias's death said police were there to provide back-up to them. But what we also heard was that the police were there and just standing. How can they have taken them [there] and not protect them?”

He would be buried in Soshanguve on Sunday.

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