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Thabiso Goba
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22 Apr 2021
06:29

Myeni family members hope justice will prevail in Hawaii

Thabiso Goba

The family of Lindani Myeni is hoping justice will prevail for the murder of their son.

The family of Lindani Myeni is hoping justice will prevail for the murder of their son.

Myeni (21) was killed last week in the U.S. by a white policeman after being accused of being a burglar.

According to reports, Myeni was killed five houses away from his home in Hawaii.

“Why would he go all the way to America to start being a criminal, something he never did here,” said his grandmother, Siphiwe Nhleko.

“As the government of KwaZulu-Natal we remain hopeful that justice will prevail and that the killers of Myeni will be brought to book soon and bring to justice all those linked to his untimely demise.”
Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala.

Both of Myeni’s parents are deceased. Nhleko (76) remains the only maternal figure in his life.

She suffers from a severe case of arthritis and uses a cane to get around.

Nhleko said she recently had an operation at a private hospital which Myeni paid for.

“He was coming back in June to take me to hospital again. Him and Lindsay (Myeni’s wife) had a good life, they never had money problems so I don’t buy that he was a burglar,” she said.

Myeni’s death comes against the backdrop of America wrestling with its police being accused of needlessly murdering black people and people of colour.

Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis policeman was recently found guilty of murder for killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nine minutes.

Duante Write, Adam Toledo, Makhia Bryant, are just some of those who have been murdered by American police.

“His character has never changed, he was always a hard working person, clean and always did the right things. He was very famous and was well loved by his family and friends.”
Myeni’s cousin, Siyabonga Mtshali.

On Tuesday, Myeni’s household was visited by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala and other dignitaries.

In a statement, Zikalala said they will help to repatriate Myeni’s body.

“As the government of KwaZulu-Natal we remain hopeful that justice will prevail and that the killers of Myeni will be brought to book soon and bring to justice all those linked to his untimely demise,” said Zikalala.

Siyabonga Mtshali, Myeni’s cousin grew up with Myeni in the rural areas of Ubonjeni, Richards Bay.

Mtshali said Myeni was a soccer player but his interests turned towards rugby when he was in high school.

“His character has never changed, he was always a hard working person, clean and always did the right things. He was very famous and was well loved by his family and friends,” said Mtshali.

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Mtshali said it was hard watching the video of Myeni being killed by police.

In the 1-minute police bodycam footage released by Honolulu police, Myeni gets into a scuffle with the police before being shot four times.

The policeman in question, only identifies himself as police after shooting Myeni.

“The video is too short, we want to see more, like when and how this whole thing started, because at the moment we don’t have a clear idea of what really happened,” said Mtshali

Myeni’s family said his body is still in America and he will be buried at his homestead in Richards Bay.

Across the ocean, the family said his wife Lindsay has hired a lawyer to get justice for her late husband.

Myeni leaves behind two young children and a wife.