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'Zimbabwean Man Brutally Murdered By Vigilantes In SA Was Not A Criminal'

'Zimbabwean Man Brutally Murdered By Vigilantes In SA Was Not A Criminal'

A Zimbabwean national who was brutally murdered by a mob in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday, was not a criminal, his family has said.

The now-deceased 43-year-old  Mbhodazwe “Elvis” Nyathi was a gardener in Fourways and had a wife and four kids. He lived on Thubelihle Street, Diepsloot.

According to his family, Nyathi had just come home from work when a mob ran through his neighbourhood chasing a group of people, knocking on doors and asking for ID documents.

Nyathi was allegedly caught by the group who tied him up, assaulted him and set him on fire. Nyathi’s brother, Godknows, said:

My brother, his wife and others hid behind their shack and the group found them and started chasing them because they thought they were criminals.

We are hurt because my brother was not a criminal. I spoke to him yesterday when he was at work and after work, he came back home to Diepsloot and they killed him. My brother was a good person. He had a wife and four children.

All I can say to the community of Diepsloot is if they catch someone they need to investigate if this person is a criminal or not.

They can’t just catch someone and kill them because they will only find out at the end that this person was not a criminal and was innocent.

On Thursday morning, Nyathi’s family cleaned his blood off the street and retrieved pieces of his clothing from the burnt rubble, a few metres from where he lived with his wife and kids.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Brigadier Brenda Muridili, had earlier told News24 that the mob had gone door to door at around 9 PM on Wednesday and demanded passports from foreigners.

When they entered one home, a man fled the scene, was chased down and killed, she said.

Speaking to SABC on Thursday, Nyathi’s widow said her husband had fled from the mob because he did not have a passport.

Residents refused to speak to News24 saying they feared for their lives.

Andrew Maleka, a community leader, condemned the killing of the Zimbabwean national. He said:

We condemn this thing. Zimbabweans… this is their home and they are our brothers and sisters.

One of these days we, as South Africans, are going to need them and we will have to leave South Africa to go to Zimbabwe for a better life because the situation they have in Zimbabwe is on its way to South Africa.

If you look at how South Africans are living now, people are unemployed and there are no jobs.

South Africa’s Minister of Police Bheki Cele was expected to visit the Nyathi family on Thursday.

More: News24

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❌NO TO INHUMANITY 1 month ago

This dudula ring leader should be made accountability for what t

,❌No to iInhuman 1 month ago

they is a saying that says life is just like a wheel, if you know you know.
Zim authorit

#Justice for Elvisauthorities has to stand up for Zims in SA, we need to see change not dialogues that don't have results.

karma 1 month ago

Foreign land has never been good pliz let us fix our motherland. Nekuda kwenhamo iri muZim many are crossing border into SA as we speat with all the tragedy we hear everyday. Zim used to hire foreigners hakuna Zimbo raishanda Mupurazi

zizo 1 month ago


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

South African have very very thin brain and i hate them with my life...

𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙫𝙖 1 month ago

𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙤 𝙠𝙪𝙩𝙞 𝙢𝙖𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝘼𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙢𝙬𝙚𝙮𝙖 𝙬𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙞 𝙫𝙖𝙠𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙥𝙞? 𝘼𝙣𝙮𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙂𝙤𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚, 𝙠𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙖 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢

Machiavelli 1 month ago

@Maravaza, our erstwhile leader HE Mzee ED Shweeee, ably assisted by Jenarari Pumura Ordh Pumura was the Chief Consultant to the South Africans.

I'm outta here 😝😝😝


Robocop 1 month ago

South Africans are so damn evil... Mweya wemadokero urikutonga kumaZululand. Ini saMadzibaba ndachema kuna Gabriel muchengeti, kuti arangarire vana ve Zimbabwe.

SO PAINFULL 1 month ago

Very soon, Zimbabwe will better than SouthAfrica mukomana akutopinda agadzirise zvinhu.Very soon my brothers and sisters you are coming back to Zimbabwe ine huchi nemukaka, the bread basket of Africa.Mvura payakamboyerera napo ichayerera futi,we will once again be the bread busket of Africa.

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