Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

‘We have lost a helpful, discipline­d child’

- Ntombizeth­u Ngcobo

“If the decision of not publishing the results on the newspaper was not reversed, maybe this could have been avoided, but we are not blaming anyone. It was God’s time.” These were the words of the shattered family of 20-yearold matric learner, Mvelo Zikhali from Imbali Unit 1. Zikhali, described as ‘discipline­d’, was shot in the head in the early hours of Friday while waiting to buy a newspaper to see his matric results at a garage in Pietermari­tzburg. He completed matric at Mehlokazul­u High School in Imbali.

His aunt, Zoleka Zikhali, said her nephew had gone to the garage with other learners to find out his matric results. She said while celebratin­g his bachelor’s degree pass, they were approached by five armed men who emerged from two different cars parked across the road. The men demanded their belongings.

She said Zikhali did not have his phone with him. She added that while Zikhali’s friend was on his way to seek help, Mvelo was shot.

“His celebratio­n was shortened by thugs who decided to take his precious life before he could even live it to the fullest. He was shot in front of many. When we got into the scene, he was already dead. He was lying there with a gunshot wound in the head and his arm. He was shot at a very close range,” said Zikhali.

She added that the whole family is in pain, especially as Zikhali had a bright future ahead of him.

His aunt said he wanted to go to Cape Town and study a course related to media and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had already granted him a bursary. It was up to him to choose from universiti­es which accepted him.

“He had planned for his life, but it was shattered just like that. We have lost a discipline­d child who assisted a lot in the house. Our wish is for the people who did this to be found and arrested,” she said, adding that the Department of Education sent their representa­tive to meet with the family.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu is calling for the arrests of Mvelo Zikhali’s killers.

“We are shocked by what has happened to one of our matric learners. We call upon the law enforcemen­t agencies to make every possible effort to apprehend the suspects. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. The learner had worked very hard during the last 12 years to finally

obtain his National Senior Certificat­e, but all that has now been erased by his selfish killers who in our view are cowards. They have taken the young man’s life away and left his family and friends with many unanswered questions,”

the MEC said.

Police spokespers­on Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said a case of murder has been opened at Alexandra Road Police Station for further investigat­ion.

 ?? ?? Pictured is Mvelo Zikhali, who was shot and killed in the early hours of Friday.
Pictured is Mvelo Zikhali, who was shot and killed in the early hours of Friday.

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