Killing of notorious Mpumalanga chief’s family: Sister the latest victim

Another member of notorious Mpumalanga chief's family killed

The sister of the late chief Clyde Mnisi, Nxalati Nwithleri Nyalungu (35), was shot dead at a fast-food outlet in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, yesterday evening.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli confirmed a woman was shot dead and her male passenger wounded and rushed to a hospital.

According to him, the victims were driving in a Mercedes-Benz Viano and were shot at in the drive-thru of the Hazyview McDonald’s.

“Three armed male suspects travelling in a VW Polo stopped next to the victims, fired a few shots at them, and fled the scene. The female was declared dead at the scene, while the other victim was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Mdhluli added no one has been arrested as of yet, and that the Hazyview police are investigating cases of murder and attempted murder. Family of Nyalungu, who were at the scene, confirmed the female victim was Mnisi’s sister.

Other family members killed

After Mnisi’s two biological brothers (Vuthlari and Trinity Nyalungu) were shot and killed at a tavern in February, the family told Lowvelder they fear ‘those who killed them will return and kill more of our members’.

Their deaths followed that of Mnisi (37) from Bohlabela in the Ehlanzeni District, who was fatally shot, allegedly multiple times, next to the KMI Airport road near White River, late on March 26. He was due to appear in the Mpumalanga High Court on April 17 in a matter related to rhino poaching offences and money laundering.

His widow, Charlene (30), was shot and killed in her sleep in her Mkhuhlu home on April 4 – just two days after she laid her husband to rest.

Police say they cannot confirm if the latest killing was a hit, like the family claims, or whether there is a connection to the killing of the brothers.

The police ask anyone with any information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrators to come forward. Information can be sent to your local police station, the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111, or via the MySAPS app.

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