Pietemaritzburg mother shot dead in hit, two children wounded

Nosipho Nyembe was shot dead and her children wounded in a hit at her home in Sobantu.
Nosipho Nyembe was shot dead and her children wounded in a hit at her home in Sobantu.

A mother was shot dead and her two children wounded in hit at her home in Sobantu on Wednesday evening.

Nosipho Mbuyisa Nyembe (40) was shot shortly after returning from work. Her daughter Lunga (19) was shot in the arm and her son Asiphesonke (6) in the stomach.

Nyembe died in hospital. Her daughter was discharged on Thursday but her son is still recovering in hospital.

Nyembe’s uncle Pius Mbuyisa said his niece came back from work at around 7.30 pm.

Shortly after she arrived home she got a call from an unknown number asking her to come outside the house to talk about a ceremony due to take place that night at her in-laws’ home.

“When she got out of the house there were two men already waiting for her and they started shooting.

“She ran away to her outside bedroom where her children were but these people followed her.”

 She got into the bedroom and her daughter tried to push the door to block the criminals from coming inside but she failed.

“The leg of one of the men who were shooting was already inside the house and he continued firing, injuring [Asiphekonke] and Lunga.

“They were all rushed to hospital, but unfortunately their mother died on arrival,” Mbuyisa said.

Mbuyisa said his niece sustained four gunshot wounds. He said according to the information that they have, the suspects were travelling in a white Golf 6 car which was parked not far from their home and was said to have been driving around next to their home before Nyembe came from work.

“I think this was planned and they were waiting for her to come back but they did not know what time she would be back. We are devastated as a family because we do not know who can do something like and why. No matter what she might have done she did not deserve to die like this.

“Her son is traumatised in hospital because of this incident. And what makes it worse is that this is not the first time that he has witnessed people pointing guns at his mother.

“Two years ago they were also robbed at a gunpoint and he is the one who was begging the robbers not to shoot them. That case was supposed to start trial today after two years but now the victim is no longer here.”

Mbuyisa said they are worried that these criminals might come back if not arrested soon.

“We are scared. We beg the police to do investigations and make arrests soon so that our family can be safe from these people.”

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry said police collected six spent cartridges and one bullet at the scene.

“There was blood inside and outside the house. The deceased received fatal injuries. The 19-year-old female was shot on the left arm and the 6-year-old boy had a gunshot to the abdomen.”

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