‘He wanted to fin­ish us off’

Man in­jured try­ing to save his sis­ter who was shot dead by her al­leged lover on Christ­mas Day

Weekend Witness - - News - SABELO NSELE

A MID­LANDS man has de­scribed how he tried in vain to save his sis­ter from be­ing killed by her al­leged lover — a may­oral body­guard — on Christ­mas Day.

His sis­ter, Them­beka Sokhela, was shot dead dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Her as­sailant, Zamo Shelembe — body­guard and rel­a­tive of uMn­geni Mayor Sizwe Sokhela — later com­mit­ted sui­cide, and Them­beka’s broth­ers, Hand­some Ntombela and Bandile Sokhela were se­ri­ously in­jured and hos­pi­talised fol­low­ing the shoot­ing.

Them­beka’s brother, Hand­some, who lives in Curry’s Post, told Week­end Wit­ness he stepped in when a fam­ily Christ­mas out­ing to Mid­mar Dam turned to blood­shed.

Ntombela, who is an ac­tivist from Siyan­qoba Ru­ral Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum — an or­gan­i­sa­tion of farm dwellers and work­ers, was still nurs­ing gun­shot wounds yes­ter­day from Tues­day night’s at­tack but had been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

Ntombela said the fam­ily had gone out to Mid­mar Dam on Christ­mas Day to en­joy some fes­tiv­i­ties.

Ntombela said Shelembe then drove the fam­ily back to their home at Siteka Farm in the af­ter­noon.

Out­side the gate of the fam­ily home, he pulled over and started shoot­ing at Ntombela’s sis­ter, Them­beka, who died at the scene.

“He did not say any­thing, he just started shoot­ing at her. He opened the door Them­beka Sokhela was shot dead by her al­leged lover on Christ­mas Day. and went out­side the car and con­tin­ued to shoot at her. I climbed out of the car through the win­dow to try and stop him. He then shot at me as well and also at my younger brother, Bandile Sokhela.

“It be­came clear that he was go­ing to shoot at all of us if I did not stop him. I man­aged to grab him and there was a strug­gle and other fam­ily mem­bers came to my res­cue, the he ran into the Hand­some Ntombela, Them­beka’s brother, was shot as he tried to help her. bushes.

“Be­cause he was wear­ing a white t-shirt, I could see him com­ing back. Even though Bandile was in­jured, he man­aged to drive away with my sis­ter’s body. I ran in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

“I was so ter­ri­fied, I even ran past my home. I ran into some­one’s prop­erty and that is where I passed out. I spent two days at North­dale Hos­pi­tal but I am fine Bandile Sokhela, an­other brother, was also wounded but man­aged to drive away with his sis­ter’s body. now,” he said.

Ntombela said Shelembe had turned the gun on him­self about 30 min­utes af­ter killing Them­beka.

“I thought we were all go­ing to die. He wanted to fin­ish us off,” he said.

Ntombela said his brother had been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal the same night the shoot­ing hap­pened.

uMn­geni mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Thando Mgaga con­firmed that Shelembe had been em­ployed as the mayor’s body­guard but re­ferred fur­ther queries to po­lice.

“On be­half of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity al­low me to send our sin­cer­est con­do­lences to the af­fected fam­i­lies, friends, loved ones and col­leagues,” he said.

Po­lice spokesper­son War­rant Of­fi­cer Joshua Maistry did not re­spond to an in­quiry sent via What­sApp yes­ter­day about the shoot­ing. • [email protected]­ness.co.za

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