Mossel Bay Advertiser - - Voorblad - Lou­i­se Kar­sten

Last wee­kend, a 25-y­e­ar-old man was bru­tal­ly kil­led in a bundu court in K­waNon­qa­ba. He al­le­ge­d­ly raped a fi­ve-y­e­ar-old girl. S­hort­ly the­re­af­ter, a double murder, of a 30-y­e­ar-old wo­man and a 32-y­e­ar-old man, took pla­ce in A­sla Park. The sus­pect was the wo­man’s boyf­riend. "We ha­ve had e­nough. Violence a­gainst wo­men and child­ren in Mos­sel Bay is a big­ger pan­de­mic than Co­vid-19," says a com­mu­ni­ty acti­vist, B­les­sing Fa­si, who cal­led for a com­mu­ni­ty meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, 14 Oc­to­ber. Mo­re than 500 men and wo­men at­ten­ded the gat­her­ing at Gar­den Rou­te P­ri­ma­ry S­chool. So­me of the at­ten­dees are pic­tu­red he­re. “We want a re­so­lu­ti­on and we will keep on wor­king on it,” Fa­si said.

Mos­sel Bay re­si­dents took the law in­to their own hands this week w­hen they bru­tal­ly kil­led a 25-y­e­ar-old man in a bundu court, fol­lo­wing the ra­pe of a fi­ve-y­e­ar-old girl.

S­hort­ly the­re­af­ter, A­sla Park re­si­dent Mt­hu­ra K­ha­la­ni (30) was stab­bed in the he­art and died w­hen he tried to de­fend Yan­ga Ma­y­am­be­la (32) on Sun­day, 11 Oc­to­ber, whi­le her boyf­riend al­le­ge­d­ly re­pe­a­ted­ly at­tac­ked her with a kni­fe at his ho­me in A­sla Park.

Yan­ga was stab­bed bru­tal­ly and died in a Mos­sel Bay hos­pi­tal la­ter the sa­me day.

The bo­dy of the 25-y­e­ar-old ra­pe sus­pect was on­ly dis­co­ve­r­ed by po­li­ce the next day. A po­li­ce of­fi­cer told the Mos­sel Bay Ad­ver­ti­ser that no one would talk a­bout the bundu court and that com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers we­re de­fen­ding one a­not­her.

Yan­ga's boyf­riend, N­ko­sit­han­di­le N­go­lo­mi (28), ap­pea­red in the Mos­sel Bay Ma­gi­stra­te's court on two counts of murder on Wed­nes­day, 14 Oc­to­ber, af­ter he had han­ded him­self o­ver to po­li­ce. The ca­se was pos­t­po­ned to 13 No­vem­ber for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­ti­on and he re­mains in cus­to­dy.

Yan­ga wor­ked as a ma­na­ger at S­teers in Da No­va, Mos­sel Bay. Her sis­ter, No­g­ci­na K­hoh­li­we, told the Ad­ver­ti­ser she didn't re­al­ly know the sus­pect well.

"Yan­ga ne­ver tal­ked a­bout their re­la­ti­ons­hip much. I wish she had told me it was an a­bu­si­ve re­la­ti­ons­hip."

No­g­ci­na said Yan­ga mo­ved to Mos­sel Bay a few y­e­ars ago. She had been in a re­la­ti­ons­hip with N­ko­sit­han­di­le for the past two y­e­ars.

She will be bu­ried in the Eas­tern Ca­pe, w­he­re her mot­her li­ves.

Re­si­dents in Ka­non­kop S­treet, A­sla Park, say Mt­hu­ra knew N­ko­sit­han­di­le and that they we­re neig­hbours.

No­g­ci­na says they he­ard rumours that Yan­ga was tal­king to Mt­hu­ra on the day of the murder, w­hen N­ko­sit­han­di­le cal­led her in­si­de their hou­se. He was al­le­ge­d­ly je­a­lous and al­le­ge­d­ly star­ted at­tacking Yan­ga.

Mt­hu­ra died on the sce­ne and Yan­ga was rus­hed to a Mos­sel Bay Hos­pi­tal w­he­re she la­ter died of her wounds.

N­ko­sit­han­di­le han­ded him­self o­ver at the K­waNon­qa­ba Po­li­ce S­ta­ti­on la­ter, on the day of the mur­ders.

'Bundu' Court

K­waNon­qa­ba po­li­ce are still in­ves­ti­ga­ting the de­ath of the 25-y­e­ar-old man who al­le­ge­d­ly raped a fi­ve-y­e­ar-old-girl on T­hurs­day, 8 Oc­to­ber.

Po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Sgt Kap­pie Kapp says the todd­ler's aunt no­ti­ced that so­mething was wrong and con­fron­ted the litt­le girl. "The victim told her aunt she was raped by their neig­hbour."

Ac­cor­ding to sour­ces the girl's aunt cal­led a com­mu­ni­ty le­a­der, who ap­pro­a­ched the al­le­ged ra­pist. The man ran a­way. He was la­ter caug­ht by enra­ged re­si­dents, who sto­ned and stab­bed him to de­ath.

His bo­dy was half na­ked w­hen po­li­ce found him on F­ri­day, 9 Oc­to­ber, w­he­re he was lying in an o­pen field ne­ar Ind­we Se­con­da­ry S­chool. A doc­tor con­fir­med the fi­ve-y­e­ar-old girl had been raped.

No one has been ar­res­ted in con­necti­on with the bundu court killing.

P­ho­to: Jan­nie du P­les­sis

Yan­ga (rig­ht), her sis­ter No­g­ci­na with her child and Yan­ga’s mot­her. Mt­hu­ra K­ha­la­ni

P­ho­to: Jan­nie du P­les­sis

The hou­se w­he­re Mt­hu­ra K­ha­la­ni and Yan­ga Ma­y­am­be­la we­re kil­led.

N­ko­sit­han­di­le N­go­lo­mi Yan­ga Ma­y­am­be­la

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