Fatal warning? Muzi buries his wife & son alive
Muzi teaches his wife and son a lesson – using a gun and a shovel!
Mon-Wed SABC1 20:30
Seething with rage, Muzi Xulu (Mpumelelo Bhulose) holds his wife Lindiwe (Dawn Thandeka King) and son Mxolisi (Naymaps Maphalala) at gunpoint on Tuesday 9 June. He forces them both into a shallow grave and shovels dirt over them as they cry out in terror. Mxolisi and Lindiwe have been trying to hide the fact that Muzi’s business partner in the car dealership Richard Davis (Zahir Bassa) has taken the money and run, and now Muzi’s going to make sure that they never double cross him again. “I was shocked that he was going to such extremes,” admits Mpumelelo. It’s a chilling reminder that while Muzi looks like a normal doting dad, he probably fought his way to the top of his hijacking gang by teaching rivals a “lesson” in a very similar way.
Even so, Muzi’s violent reaction seems extreme. “I think that it was a moment of vulnerability,” explains Mpumelelo. “He trusted his kid and his wife nagged him to back his kid up, so he let his guard down. His whole thing is if you can bring somebody to take my money from me, you could let somebody into the family to kill me, so I need to teach these guys so that they never bring an enemy through these doors again.” He’s still relieved to see Mxolisi and Lindiwe walk through the front door dripping dirt later that evening. “The first thing that he says is, ‘Are you leaving?’ And someone who’s watching will be like, ‘Huh? You just buried them!’ But that’s still my wife and kid, so it’s that kind of love within that family.”
While Muzi’s tactics are shocking, they aren’t alien to Mpumelelo. “I’ve grown up with guys that I’ve known to be like Muzi’s character. I’ve seen things that have made me realise how delicate life is. I had a gun pulled to my face and it was a reality check for me. I’ve been chased around with a knife.” He steers clear of those places now. “I don’t want to be around company that doesn’t respect you well enough to value your life.” As for Mxolisi and Lindiwe, they have a big decision to make about whether they want to be around their father and husband in the future.
Stone-cold Muzi knows how to get his message across.