‘He wanted to finish us off’
Man injured trying to save his sister who was shot dead by her alleged lover on Christmas Day
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