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.