Spurned lover’s shock ‘confession’ on social media
● The last time Princess Khumalo heard her daughter Zolile’s voice was early on Tuesday when she called to wish the quantity-surveying student well for a test.
A few hours later the 21-year-old Mangosuthu University of Technology student lay in a pool of blood at the Lonsdale student residence in central Durban.
Police arrested Zolile’s former boyfriend Thabani Mzolo, 23, on Tuesday night in connection with her death.
In a bizarre Facebook post Mzolo apparently wrote, in Zulu: “Everything has turned into memories. If I could I would wake you up so we can talk and fix our mistakes. Unfortunately she left me before I could tell her that I forgave her.”
The Facebook profile was not in Mzolo’s name but had his pictures.
In replies to comments on the post, Mzolo apparently wrote: “I killed my Zozo . . . if only I had stayed at home and cooled off things wouldn’t be like this.”
The post has since been removed.
Zolile, who was Khumalo’s youngest child, was the sixth of her children to have died, leaving only one remaining child, a daughter. The rest of the siblings had died of illnesses, Khumalo said.
She told the Sunday Times on Friday that she would never forget her last conversation with Zolile.
“I had called her to wish her good luck for the test she was studying for the next day. She told me she was taking a study break and that was the last time I ever heard from her.”
Khumalo said the first she learnt of Mzolo was after her daughter’s death.
He was remanded in custody on Wednesday after causing a furore during his first court appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court by signalling the pulling of a trigger as he was led to the holding cells.
“I didn’t know him [Mzolo], I didn’t even know his name. She didn’t say anything about him, which I think is normal . . . I wouldn’t expect her to speak about her boyfriends with me,” Khumalo said.
In a WhatsApp conversation, Zolile told a friend she had ended her relationship with Mzolo.
“We will bury you soon,” her friend responded.
Big dreams come to nothing
Khumalo, 64, said: “She was my youngest child, and now I only have her sister left. She is the sixth child of mine that I will have buried. Zolile had such big dreams. She wanted to do right by me and the family and renovate the house. She would point at passing cars and say when she was done with school she would buy one for me. She loved her family so much.”
Khumalo said she continued to brood about Zolile’s visit to the family home last weekend — the last time she saw her daughter alive.
The young woman’s death has again cast the spotlight on gender-based violence in South Africa, with news of her killing breaking on the day Sandile Mantsoe was found guilty of the 2017 murder of his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena.
Zolile’s death prompted an outcry from the student community over what they said was inadequate security at student accommodation.
The owners of the Lonsdale residence this week installed metal detectors at the entrances and imposed a ban on visitors.
The university is now probing how Mzolo, who was not a student at the institution, was apparently able to gain access to the residence after visiting hours with a firearm.
Zolile was buried in Eshowe yesterday.
Clockwise, from left, Zolile Khumalo;posing with her former boyfriend Thabani Mzolo; Khumalo’s WhatsApp conversation saying she broke up; Mzolo’s Facebook post ; and Princess Khumalo weeps for her daughter.