DA ward coun­cil­lor grieves mur­dered daugh­ter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

THE daugh­ter of a DA ward coun­cil­lor has been mur­dered in New Cross­roads.

Khany­isile Sawu­tana, daugh­ter of Nico Mza­l­isi, a Samora Machel ward coun­cil­lor, was found with three stab wounds on Sun­day. The 20-yearold was al­legedly at­tacked by a group of unknown men.

Sawu­tana lived with her grand­par­ents in New Cross­roads just me­tres from where her blood­ied body was found. A screw­driver and knife with blood were found near the body but her mother, Wendy Sawu­tana, claims there were no signs of sex­ual as­sault.

“She had a stab wound to the side of her waist, neck and back. It was also clear that she fought back be­cause she had blood and flesh un­der her nails which we as­sume to be that of her at­tack­ers,” she said.

Khany­isile had been drink­ing with her friends at a nearby park.

“She de­cided she wanted to go to her boyfriend at about 2am. They begged her not to leave just yet but she in­sisted and bid them farewell. At about 6am I got a call from my cousin who asked me to hurry over to my par­ents’ house and when I walked in I knew some­thing was wrong,” Sawu­tana said.

“My un­cle told me Khanyi had been in­jured and I in­sisted on see­ing her, and they told me she was not home and I just knew she was no more. When I got to where her body was lay­ing, I im­me­di­ately saw her feet, I recog­nised her sneakers, then her nails be­cause her hand was stick­ing out.”

She asked the po­lice on the scene to “re­move the cover so I could see her hair, she had a grin on her face and her eyes still open. I asked to close her eyes”.

Sawu­tana’s last mem­ory of her daugh­ter was at a church ser­vice the pre­vi­ous week when she rushed out of church to get her hair and nails done.

“She wanted to be a lawyer, but be­cause I did not have money to take her to univer­sity, she took a gap year and was to re­turn to school next year,” her mother added.

Her grand­fa­ther, ZJ Sawu­tana, who raised her, told Week­end Argus he would “for­give the per­pe­tra­tors if they were to come to me and ex­plain why they did what they did and ask for for­give­ness”.

“She was a won­der­ful child, sweet and hum­ble but was not afraid of de­fend­ing her­self, so I am sure she tried to fight her at­tack­ers,” he said.

A dis­traught Mza­l­isi also told Week­end Argus he was “deeply hurt” by the death of his daugh­ter.

“She was taken from me much too soon. We were very close and I just hope that the per­pe­tra­tors are brought to book and the law takes its course,” the coun­cil­lor said.

Po­lice spokesman FC van Wyk, con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said that no ar­rests have been made yet.

asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za

PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

Wendy Sawu­tana, mother of Khany­isile Sawu­tana from New Cross­roads, who was found dead on Sun­day.

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