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

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane

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.

Vol­un­teer

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.

Con­duc­tors

“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.

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