The Herald (South Africa)

Two more PE house at­tacks

Mother killed, elderly man beaten

- Zandile Mba­bela, Dun­can Reyneke and Khanyi Nd­abeni mba­belaz@avusa.co.za Crime · Incidents · Port Elizabeth · Austria · Motherwell · Motherwell F.C. · Rennes · Belarus · Henry Lau · London · East London · Iceland · Somalia · Belgium · Sergio Busquets · Livingstone Hospital

AN 89-year-old man was fight­ing for his life in a Port El­iz­a­beth hos­pi­tal last night af­ter a bru­tal at­tack at his house in Lor­raine – and a Mother­well mother was mur­dered in her house while her hus­band was at a rugby prac­tice.

The two vi­o­lent at­tacks in the city both hap­pened on Mon­day night.

This brings the num­ber of home rob­beries in­volv­ing ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence in the city over the past week to four. A to­tal of three peo­ple have died in the at­tacks, in­clud­ing a Broad­wood do­mes­tic worker and a Rowal­lan Park man.

Yes­ter­day, the fam­i­lies of pen­sioner Thomas de Kock, of Rennes Street, Lor­raine, and health depart­ment em­ployee Nolu­vuyo Tyal­iti, 31, of Ngxangx­osi Street, Mother­well NU3, strug­gled to come to terms with the sense­less vi­o­lence.

Tyal­iti, a hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer for the health depart­ment’s Ca­cadu of­fices, was found dead in her home by her hus­band, Monde, at about 8pm.

Monde, who had moved to his un­cle’s home in New­ton Park last night with the cou­ple’s one-year-old daugh­ter, Ol­wethu, was too up­set to talk to the me­dia.

His un­cle, Henry Tyal­iti, said Nolu­vuyo had moved from East Lon­don three months ago to live with her hus­band – a sports depart­ment of­fi­cer and Spring Rose Rugby Club coach. The got mar­ried two years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to police and fam­ily mem­bers, Tyal­iti had been watch­ing TV at home with Ol­wethu, her sis­ter Busi and the do­mes­tic worker when three men en­tered the liv­ing room ask­ing for Monde.

Telling the men that Monde was not home, Tyal­iti begged them not to kill any- one and to take what they wanted and leave. The men took the three women’s cell­phones and some money be­fore or­der­ing them to lie face-down on the floor.

The women were tied up and threat­ened with death if they made a noise. They then grabbed Nolu­vuyo and dragged her into the next room.

In a bizarre move, one of the men then gave Nolu­vuyo’s spec­ta­cles to Ol­wethu, who had been cry­ing, to calm her down.

“[Busi and the do­mes­tic worker] don’t know what hap­pened in there but they heard her scream­ing and later she was quiet.

“When my nephew re­turned from a rugby prac­tice just af­ter 8pm, he no­ticed that the house was quiet,” Henry said.

“He yelled to see if there was any­body home, but was greeted by the do­mes­tic and his wife’s sis­ter still cov­ered in a blan­ket on the din­ing room floor.

“They both un­cov­ered them­selves and alerted him by point­ing fingers that there were three gun­men in one of the rooms.

“He went through the back door to in­spect what was hap­pen­ing through a win­dow, but only dis­cov­ered his wife’s body. Around her neck was a wire or a rope which was used to stran­gle her.”

Henry said his nephew could not talk about the tragedy yet.

“It is still too hard for him [Monde] to talk about this.”

Police are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of mur­der and rob­bery.

Mean­while, De Kock, who was known for his kind­ness to the home­less and the hun­gry, was in a crit­i­cal

con­di­tion in Livingston­e Hos­pi­tal last night.

He sus­tained se­vere in­ter­nal in­juries and heavy bruis­ing of the chest as a re­sult of a beat­ing.

His el­dest daugh­ter, Mon­ica de Wet, 49, who lives in Sa­bie, Mpumalanga, was shocked at the news.

“He’s just so kind to ev­ery­one. He ac­tu­ally spends more than he can af­ford help­ing the com­mu­nity. I’m shocked that such an old per­son, with such kind­ness in his heart, could be so sav­agely at­tacked,” she said.

Mon­ica and her hus­band, Thys, said they would be com­ing to Port El­iz­a­beth to be with her fa­ther.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally been try­ing to get him to sell that house for a while now. I think, af­ter all this, we’ll move him out of there,” she said.

Police spokesman Cap­tain Jo­han Rheeder said the mo­tive for the at­tack was a mys­tery.

“He lived alone, but of­ten gave out parcels of food and cloth­ing to home­less peo­ple from the area. It’s still un­clear whether they even stole any­thing,” Rheeder said.

Last week, do­mes­tic worker So­nia Mabedla, 42, was hacked to death in a botched rob- bery by a panga-wield­ing man at her em­ploy­ers’ home in To­bias Street, Broad­wood.

And on Sun­day, the body of Rowal­lan Park res­i­dent and former Con­ti­nen­tal Tyre em­ployee David Laine, 64, was found dead on his liv­ing room floor by his brother.

He had been stabbed in the neck with a screw­driver by rob­bers, who fled with only his cell­phone.

Pri­vate security com­pa­nies say there has been an in­crease in vi­o­lent crime in cer­tain ar­eas of the city and have warned res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant.

 ?? Pic­ture: JUDY DE
VEGA ?? IN SHOCK: Mur­der vic­tim Nolu­vuyo Tyal­iti’s hus­band, Monde, and their one-year-old daugh­ter, Ol­wethu. ABOVE: The happy cou­ple on their wed­ding day
Pic­ture: JUDY DE VEGA IN SHOCK: Mur­der vic­tim Nolu­vuyo Tyal­iti’s hus­band, Monde, and their one-year-old daugh­ter, Ol­wethu. ABOVE: The happy cou­ple on their wed­ding day

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