Cruel gang mur­ders de­voted nurs­ing sis­ter

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of a 46-year-old nurse who was shot at her home in Ohawule area in Mel­moth last week­end.

It is re­ported the de­ceased, Nothando Biyela had been watch­ing TV with her chil­dren when three un­known men en­tered the house.

‘At gun­point they de­manded cel­lu­lar phones and the car keys.

‘After re­ceiv­ing both they took the car and drove off.

‘While at the gate they re­versed, came back to the house and shot the de­ceased in front of her chil­dren,’ KZN po­lice spokesper­son, Colonel Them­beka Mbele said.

The sus­pects then fled the scene us­ing the de­ceased’s daugh­ter’s car. The ve­hi­cle was later re­cov­ered at eShowe.

‘The mo­tive of the killing is not yet known,’ Mbele said.

It is re­ported that Biyela died at Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Dur­ban on Mon­day.

She was de­scribed as a ma­ture and hard­work­ing nurse who loved her job, al­ways ad­vo­cat­ing for her pa­tients and putting them first.

Biyela be­gan work­ing for the health de­part­ment in Novem­ber 2000, start­ing off as an or­derly within the laun­dry unit and worked her way up to re­ceive train­ing as an en­rolled nurse. She later fur­thered her stud­ies to even­tu­ally be­come a pro­fes­sional nurse.

Biyela was work­ing at KwaMag­waza Hos­pi­tal in the male ward at the time of her demise.

KZN MEC for Health, Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo con­demned the grue­some mur­der say­ing ‘some­thing has gone ter­ri­bly wrong in so­ci­ety when three men gang up against one woman, shoot her and take away a dis­pos­able ma­te­rial pos­ses­sion such as a car.

‘The mur­der of Sis­ter Biyela is a sad day as we have just emerged from our cam­paign against femi­cide and other forms of gen­der-based vi­o­lence, through the 16 Days of Ac­tivism.’

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