“WE, the Sibiya family, would like to thank all those who have been and are still with us during this difficult time. It is an extremely heavy burden to carry, but because of all those, we see ourselves managing to pull through.
“We thank our all powerful God for sending His generous children to provide us with all the assistance we have needed since the day of the tragedy.
“We thank our MEC, Mr M. Kaunda and his department, our two Ngubane mayors (district and local), Sassa, churches, our induna, Ward 13 and 2 councillors, some Greytown business people, police, local schools and their teachers, neighbours, friends and relatives.
“We thank these people for being there for us in various ways as we’ve reached our first half of this sad and difficult journey.
“We have managed to lay our first three to rest only because of you good people. We are still looking to you to do the same when we take on our last half of the journey as we lay to rest our last five, but we cannot say when.
“We therefore appeal to the department concerned to hasten the process as the delay in this regard will come with unbearable consequences since we are from a family of the most needy in the community.”
Fanozi Shaik (brother of the two sisters)
These tragic killings took place two weeks ago when eight members of the Sibiya family were brutally and inexplicably shot to death in their homes in Matimatolo - two adult sisters and six innocent children.
The evil killers, having shot Sindisiwe and her four grandchildren, then set her house alight before moving 100 metres to Nanazi’s house when they cold-bloodedly shot and killed Nanazi and her two grandchildren.
Devastated members of the family and community are still trying to establish the motive for the killings. The two sisters were well respected and had never been associated with witchcraft or wrongdoing.”
A family spokesman said that in the two weeks apparently little has been discovered by the police, whereas in similar tragedies in other areas, results had been quick. He said that the Embangweni villagers were frightened as they did not know why these killings had taken place.
It is hoped police investigations will result in the arrest of these murderers soon. DNA tests are still being carried out on Sindisiwe and her four grandchildren who were burnt – the family is finding it more difficult to cope with.
We thank our all powerful God for sending His generous
children to provide us with all the assistance we have needed since the day of the tragedy