‘I would slap his dead body’



August 10, 2016
‘I would slap his dead body’

Sisanda Mafalala's mother Nobuzwe, 45. CREDIT: Bertram Malgas

Mom glad her daughter’s ‘killer’ was shot.

A woman whose daughter died after being shot at a tavern says she wants to slap the corpse of the man she believes was responsible for her death.

Sisanda Mafalala was one of seven people shot at the Emaplangeni tavern in Lingelethu, Khayelitsha, in October 2013.

Sisanda, 22, suffered for nearly two years before succumbing to her injuries sustained in the shooting on Women’s Day last year.

In an ironic twist, the suspected tavern shooter, Thembelani “Manenze” Rhaleni was himself shot and killed on Sunday evening in Lonwabo Street, Site C, Khayelitsha.

The 34-year-old was acquitted on five counts of murder and attempted murder in Western Cape High in March this year after spending three years in prison while awaiting trial.

ACQUITTED: Thembelani Rhaleni was gunned down on Sunday night.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut, says the circumstances of the murder on Sunday evening is being investigated.

“No one has been arrested as yet,” he says.

Police say the motive for the murder is not yet known but speculation is rife in the township that Manenze was killed in a revenge attack for the 2013 tavern murders.

One Khayelitsha resident says he heard about seven shots ring out shortly after 7.30pm on Sunday and then found the deceased lying on the road.

Sisanda’s mother, Nobuzwe Mafalala, 45, tells the Daily Voice she is glad Rhaleni is dead.

“I heard about his death on Monday and I’m only sorry I didn’t get to see his body because I would have liked to slap him even though he was dead,” she says.

“But I’m glad he is dead, now we can be free and justice is finally served – not only for my daughter but the other children who died that day.

“He died in the same painful way my daughter did, him getting off doesn’t mean he didn’t do it.”

MASSACRE: Emaplangeni Tavern, Litha Park, in October 2013

Sisanda was paralysed after a bullet that penetrated her neck, crippling her and damaging her spinal cord, which affected her speech.

“Ever since he was released, we have been living in fear that he might come back for revenge because myself and my other daughter testified at his trial,” she says.”

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