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Zimbabwean Man Says He Was Saved From SA Mob By Pedi Accent

Zimbabwean Man Says He Was Saved From SA Mob By Pedi Accent

A South African-based Zimbabwean man said his ability to speak the Pedi language saved him from being killed by a mob that was raiding homes of suspected illegal immigrants in Diepsloot on Wednesday night.

The man in his mid-40s, whose name could not be revealed for fear of victimisation, said he first heard people shouting “passport or ID in hand” and banging on shacks at about 10 pm.

He said he then left his shack to avoid them knocking on his door, shouting “go diragalang? (what’s happening?).” Said the man:

After picking up my Pedi accent, they asked me to join them in their raids. I did because I was petrified.

They were a group of about 50 men, armed with pangas, axes and golf sticks. I was totally not aware of what was to happen.

He said the vigilantes spotted his neighbour, Elvis Nyathi, running away from his shack and gave chase.

Unfortunately, the gang caught up with the Zimbabwean and began beating him with a golf club.

The man, who said he has been friends with Nyathi for six years, said the mob dragged Nyathi to a nearby street where they set him alight. Added the man:

I tried to ask them not to assault him but they wouldn’t listen. Then I realised if I persist in pleading for his life, they might realise that I have a relationship with him, so I stopped.

They put him in the fire. I do not think he was alive by then. While we were there, the TRT [Tactical Response Team] unit came and dispersed the mob.

It was the most painful experience I have ever had in my life, seeing an honest man being killed like a criminal.

The Zimbabwean man, who is a construction worker and has been in South Africa since 1991, said he is now living in fear. He said:

There is someone in our space who is giving information to these people on which homes to raid. They only targeted specific homes and left others.

That is what makes me uncomfortable even speaking to you because I do not know who is watching us.

Nyathi (43), was killed on Wednesday night after he had hidden behind his shack.

His brother Godknows said his brother was in a panic when he ran.

Another Diepsloot resident told The Sowetan that he saw the warning signs of the raids on Wednesday.

According to the man, some members of the community said they’d be searching for people without SA IDs at night.

As a result, on Wednesday night he decided to sleep with his clothes on.

He said the gang knocked on his door but left when they realised that they knew him.

More: The Sowetan


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18 Comments

Lachalacha 1 month ago

Vakomana varijoni hamuna kusiyana masoja ari kuUkraine.


🦁 1 month ago

𝑡𝑎𝑢𝑟𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑘𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑠𝑜𝑗𝑎 𝑣𝑎𝑛ℎ𝑢 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖 𝑗𝑜𝑛𝑖

xxxx 1 month ago

since 1991 uchishanda pa construction company in southafrica til mow here ........uchigara mmunzvimbo ine dzimba dzerata why not come in zim madriver emakombi chaiwo since 1991 they managed kuita zvirinani kana even mabhiridha since 1991zvimwe zvacho mazimbo tozvinyanya south yamoda iyi ahhhhhh


xxx 1 month ago

since 1991 uchishanda pa construction company in southafrica til mow here ........uchigara mmunzvimbo ine dzimba dzerata why not come in zim madriver emakombi chaiwo since 1991 they managed kuita zvirinani kana even mabhiridha since 1991zvimwe zvacho mazimbo tozvinyanya south yamoda iyi ahhhhhh


knoxy 1 month ago

zvamuri kuti Shack Shack hanty ndozviMukuku here


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VZ 1 month ago

all the same vanhu dzokai kumba, SA yaidadisa kudhara not ikozvino


Chi mu ZANU 1 month ago

Ma born free don't even know what a Shack is.Then we get critics saying Zimbabwe is poor, hey this and that.Vapfana chimbopfambai muma SADC neighboring countries and come back with a correct analysis. This Zimbabwe is a very organized, good and a great country.


tongwai 1 month ago

varikutambura asi vachivaka havo

MuGrade 2 1 month ago

Those shacks are built by South Africans to accommodate us (Zim). Landlords are making due to shacks rentals.

Chi mu ZANU 1 month ago

Kkkkkkk ****a imba yangu yandakavaka ndega yakavakwa nevarungu? Joiner City, Bulawayo center etc Ndiani Alabama.. Get away nevarungu vako.

VZ 1 month ago

maonero ako hatingakushore. infrastructure yese yatinayo yakasiya yavakwa nevarungu hapana kana 1 chakaitwa nehurumende yatinayo, dzimba dzaurikutaura vanhu varikutambura kuti vadzivake idzodzo iwe musorobhemba

tongwai 1 month ago

even ku south kwacho kwakaoma kubva 1991 munhu achingova mutangwena munyika inonzi irinani pane yedu....kuno vanoti havana mari vazhinji vane dzimba dzezvitinha


tongwai 1 month ago

ja life is hard....ive seen pple going to s.a vodzoka in five years vatova nezvi mota vakuvaka kuno...so I assumed kuti ne time yavava nayo ivo vaidei vava somewhere...I 31 years ka idzo

eiy 1 month ago

basa reconstructio harina mari wangu unless its your company
ndyani builder under company wawakaona akaita mari iwewe kubva uchimudiki

blaz avo vanoshanda muconstruction be it road repair,structural etc avana mari vakugara muShack

tongwai 1 month ago

its a living space made out of paper or zinc normally erected in squatter camps


🥸 1 month ago

What is a shack?


Gogodera 1 month ago

Zviri nani pane kumuka wakaoma muromo nenzara

yukeyi 1 month ago

a habitable house made of metal iron sheets or boards


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