Blood thirsty kombi man vying for revenge of suicidal colleague
…following misleading reports that a married Mpholi kombi driver who committed suicide because his girlfriend jilted him last Saturday night, rumours perpetrated by another kombi operator who only staged a show by taking pictures of the deceased instead o
Afriend to a kombi driver who killed himself at his rented home in Mpholi last Saturday night is reportedly rallying other kombi operators to arm and kill the girlfriend of the driver who is accused of having perpetrated the death of the driver.
The situation remains tense among kombi operators in Manzini especially those servicing Mpholi, Fairview North, Nkhundleni and Makholweni routes as the days draw near for the funeral to take place this weekend at Madonsa, the home of Mduduzi Nkambule the deceased driver of kombis operating under the tag ‘Criminal’. Our investigations have established that on the Saturday, Mduduzi got a call from the girlfriend to the effect that he should bring with him four of her siblings who usually visited the room the love birds shared at Mpholi as this had already become a steady relationship whereby Mduduzi was even known to the family of his girlfriend despite that he had a wife elsewhere.
It was later agreed that after dropping the children at Mpholi, the two would later patronise a bar in Moyeni, Fair View North opposite St. Paul’s Methodist church. Patrons at the bar said the two were engaged in some intermittent arguments but separated and Mduduzi left the bar in a rage and later returned throwing threats at his woman until some patrons helped the woman escape after it had become apparent that he would assault her. Fellow tenants at the Mpholi compound said Mduduzi was a hothead of sorts in that at one time he was dispossessed of a dangerous Okapi knife wanting to stab his very girlfriend.
Last Saturday patrons back at the bar said he kept on swearing that he wanted his woman back and that he would deal with those who took her away from him but no one was willing to volunteer information on where the woman had gone to hide. Mduduzi was to later leave for Mpholi to be with his girlfriend’s siblings, four of them with oldest a nineteen year-old Form Four pupil and the youngest six years old. These were regulars at Mduduzi’s flat which he shared with their sister who was a live-in-lover.
Throughout the night, Mduduzi had been calling his girlfriend begging her to return home but she is said to have expressed her fears that he would assault her if she would come in the night. At around 7am on Sunday Mduduzi, say sources at Mpholi, called his girlfriend begging her once more to come home but not without a threat that if she did not come something terrible would happen but not to the children, her siblings.
Again the girlfriend is reported to have maintained that she was afraid of his violent temperaments but anyway she would consider passing by.
About 15 or 20 minutes later the children from his flat came out screaming for help and one of the kombi operators first on the scene rushed with his mobile phone and began taking pictures and accusing Mduduzi’s girl of being behind the whole confusion. The other tenants then milled outside the flat while some got inside to find out what was matter and there Mduduzi dangled from the rafters. Police from the Fairview North post arrived at the scene apparently while Mduduzi’s body was still warm, not stone cold to collaborate the time of his death. While the commotion ensued, the girlfriend also was called by one of the tenants to inform her that her children had witnessed a somewhat sinister episode and she instead decided to report to the Fairview North police before even considering to check on what had happened at the scene of the suicide. It was at the post that she was told police had already been at the scene.
Meanwhile the kombi driver who is alleged to have taken pictures at the scene is reportedly rallying other operators to revenge Mduduzi’s death by attacking the girlfriend who is the cause of his death. As a result those close to the woman fear for her life given the violent nature of a mobilised kombi operators’ mob.
“The media also did not capture the story correctly and the kombi drivers and conductors believe the woman is behind their colleague’s death. This is not true, we lived with the couple here and they have always had altercations after drinks, the Romeo was always insecure accusing his lover of cheating on him,” said a source at the compound. Police however recorded statements at the scene including the woman’s siblings who witnessed the whole suicide. It had however been reported that the methods of the suicide were in doubt and that it was a cover-up given that his feet were on the bed, the rope not strong enough to carry his body and that the bruises were not strong enough to lead to death. These, however, are insinuations attributed to the kombi driver behind the revenge campaign, say sources.