Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
16 Apr 2021
6:48 pm

New twist in Mkhondo farm killings

Sipho Mabena

The Coko family is so destitute that the costs of the funeral had to be covered by the Mkhondo local municipality, neighbours and relatives.

Picture for illustration purposes. Brothers Zenzele and Amos Coka were killed after an altercation in Pampoenkraal, in Mpumalanga, on 9 April. Picture: Michel Bega

  The new twist in the killing of two Mkhondo farm dwellers in Mpumalanga last week is that one of the deceased was employed at the farm for five years and was working on the day he and his brother were gunned down. According to the statement given to police, the brothers, Mgcini Coko, 36, and Zenzele Coko, 39, were at the Pampoenkraal Farm in Mkhondo, last week as part of a group seeking seasonal work. But their mother, Nomgcibelo Vilakazi, said Zenzele had left his job in Johannesburg five years ago to work at the farm. “I still cannot...