Mhlabuyalingana community urged not to die in silence

Mhlabuyalingana community urged not to die in silence

The community of Mhlabuyalingana in Bhekabantu, KwaZulu-Natal, has been urged to reach out for help if they have domestic problems.

Various speakers made the call at the funeral service of four members of the Khumalo family.

Three of them are victims of a domestic violence case, in which the perpetrator also took his own life.

 Nkosingiphile Khumalo shot dead his Sbongeleni Ngubane-Khumalo and their three children on November 27.

Their daughter survived the incident and is in a critical condition at a Mpumalanga hospital.

The tragedy comes amid concerns over the high number of femicide in the country and a national campaign against gender-based violence.

The Mayor of KwaMhlabuyalingana Municipality, Nkululeko Mthethwa, was one of the speakers at the funeral.

He strongly encouraged the culture of speaking out when people are in trouble, because silence can lead to negative consequences and killings.

The Mayor of Umkhanyakude District Municipality, Solomon Mkhombo, agrees with Mthethwa, saying no one should die in silence.

Mkhombo encouraged various government structures to stand up and help communities to fight the scourge of violence.

A relative of the Khumalos, Philani Ngwenya, was first at the scene of the tragedy.

Ngwenya expressed shock at the incident, telling mourners that though he was close to the couple – he was not aware of any marital problems between them. 

He urged the KwaMhlabuyalingana community to pray for the child who is fighting for her life in hospital.

Ex IFP PR councillor in Mhlabuyalingana laid to rest

Ex IFP PR councillor in Mhlabuyalingana laid to rest

Former PR councillor of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in Mhlabuyalingana Municipality in Mbazwana kwaHangaza, in KwaZulu-Natal, Jamson Mthembu has been laid to rest.

Mthembu died after a roof collapsed on him while doing renovations at his home last week Thursday. 

His son, Jakwe Mthembu, says he fell on his head during the incident and died a few hours later.

Mthembu junior says the reality of the family’s loss sunk in when his father’s body arrived from the mortuary the day before the funeral service.

IFP President, Velenkosini Hlabisa, Mhlabuyalingana Mayor Nkululelo Mthethwa, Isimangaliso CEO Sbusiso Bukhosini, and other IFP leaders in the Umkhanyakude district were among those who attended the funeral.

Mayor Mthethwa described Mthembu as a gentle and humble man, who was not afraid to speak his mind.

IFP’s Hlabisa said they had lost a lot and no one was as loyal as Mthembu in Nkatheni.

He urged all councillors in the Umkhanyakude district to complete the house where Mthembu was injured.  

Shock over rape, murder of 4-year-old boy in Mkhuze

Shock over rape, murder of 4-year-old boy in Mkhuze

The Mthembu family in the Dukumbe area of ​​Mkhuze, in KwaZulu-Natal, is still reeling from shock following the sexual assault and brutal murder of 4-year-old, Bandile Nyaweni.

 The boy’s aunt, Nomusa Mthembu, says the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect has a child with one of the Mthembu sisters and lives nearby the home of his victim’s mother.

They are renting rooms in the same area.

One eyewitness has told the family that they heard the child’s screams emanating from the man’s place and went to inspect.

“When they got there, the man chased them away,” Mthembu says.

The child’s grandmother says she still cannot believe the tragedy as the incident happened after Bandile left her place.

She wants the suspect to spend the rest of his life in jail.

However, she does not trust the local police and says what breaks her heart even further is the knowledge that the suspect could be released from jail soon.

Sexual assault on boys is a rare in the Mkhuze area.

Deputy Mayor Municipality of Jozini, Ncamsile Zulu, has visited the family to convey the municipality’s condolences.

Zulu also expressed shock over the unusual incident, saying she hopes it would never happen again. – Philani Zulu is the News Editor of Maputaland FM

Graft could destabilise SA, collapse economy: Zulu king

Graft could destabilise SA, collapse economy: Zulu king

The Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, has denounced corruption in the South African government.

He says it shows that public officials do not respect South African voters. 

Mbube (the Zulu king) welcomed the introduction of royal police reservists in traditionally-led communities.

The 100 officers were paraded before him in Nyokeni, Nongoma, on Thursday.

The king has named the reservists Zitoyitoyi.

The king (also affectionately referred to as the beast) says the government should respect voters and the officials should stop being so clumsy. He says if not dealt with properly, graft could destabilise the county and collapse the economy.

“We could end up like other African countries. A nation that does not learn from the mistakes of others, especially with regards to proximity between its leaders and people. It is bound to fall into the same pit,” he says.

King Zwelithini also blasted South Africans who torch and destroy property during protests, urging them to respect the country’s leaders.

On the issue of gender-based violence – he called on the Zulu nation to introspect as it is often regarded as a violent community. He called on men to change their ways. “Being a man comes with responsibilities. Abusing women and children disqualifies one from being called a man,” he warned.

Police Minister Bheki Cele led the police’s delegation to the Royal Palace.

The deployment is part of the government’s bid to strengthen capacity to address criminality in rural areas.

Cele has emphasised the need to keep all South Africans safe. – Report by the Maputaland FM news team