Lethiwe Makhanya
Journalist
3 minute read
17 Apr 2021
06:04

Another brutal murder in Pietermaritzburg — hours after Cele visit

Lethiwe Makhanya

Just a few hours after national police Minister Bheki Cele’s visit to the Plessislaer Police Station on Wednesday, there was yet another shooting.

Just a few hours after national police Minister Bheki Cele’s visit to the Plessislaer Police Station on Wednesday, there was yet another shooting.

This time 35-year-old Skhumbuzo “Mbuzi” Nxumalo was shot dead in KwaPata. He is the nephew of ANC activist Musawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu, who was gunned down in May 2018.

Nxumalo was killed just before 8 pm while the whole area was dark due to load shedding.

Mdu Nxumalo, who is the family spokesperson, told Weekend Witness that the family is still shocked by the incident and they have no clue what might have led to this shooting.

He said he was at his home when he heard the gunshots but he never thought that it was Nxumalo who was being shot.

“It also looks like they shot him even when he was lying down because of the holes on the road. They wanted to make sure that he was dead.”
Mdu Nxumalo, family spokesperson

“We were only made aware of the incident after someone came to inform us that Skhumbuzo had been shot and that his body was lying on the road. I went there to check and it was all true.

“He had multiple gunshots on the chest and you could tell that those people who did it are very well experienced because of the way he was shot. It looks like they did not miss, not even once.

“It also looks like they shot him even when he was lying down because of the holes on the road. They wanted to make sure that he was dead,” said Nxumalo.

He said they believe that Skhumbuzo was being followed the whole day.

“How would these people have known that he went to the shop because it was late and there was load shedding? It is obvious they were keeping an eye on him throughout the day.

“There are a lot of cases here in KwaPata where people get killed but no one gets arrested because no one has information. Most of them happen during the load shedding.”
Mdu Nxumalo, family spokesperson

“We believe it will be very difficult to find killers because no one saw them. The only thing we know is that after the incident they stole a car from the neighbour who lives next to where the incident happened and used that car to escape.

“There are a lot of cases here in KwaPata where people get killed but no one gets arrested because no one has information. Most of them happen during the load shedding,” he added.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, confirmed the incident. He said police are investigating a case of murder. No one has yet been arrested.

This week Cele came to Pietermaritzburg to address the deployed police officers in the Umgungundlovu District, following a rise in the number of killings, especially in the Plessislaer area.

During his address, Cele urged Plessislaer police to get tougher on criminals.

After his address he went to different areas that fall under the Plessislaer Police Station with a convoy of police officers where he spoke to residents regarding their safety. KwaPata is one of the areas that he went to.