Mayor James Nxumalo has called on communities to take responsibility for the protection of children and the vulnerable following a spate of incidents of rape and murder. The Mayor was speaking during his visit to Mzwilili Junior Primary School in Umlazi on Wednesday, (06/03/13), following the brutal rape and killing of 8-year-old learner Nonjabulo Sabela, whose body was discovered in a bush near the school last week.

Mayor Nxumalo offered his condolences on behalf of the Municipality and urged law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in finding the perpetrators so they could face the full might of the law. “We condemn this senseless killing and call for the harshest sentence possible once these perpetrators have been apprehended.”

Nxumalo described the rape and killing of the Grade 3 leaner as inhumane. “Only an animal would do such a thing, I don’t know what has gone wrong with our people. As a parent I also get worried when my children leave for school every morning because of such incidents that are taking place in our communities.”

He said it was the duty of the local community to look after the children and to ensure their safety. He said his visit to the school was to assure the frightened learners that there were people who still loved them.

He urged them to be vigilant at all times. “Be very suspicious of people you don’t know, if they offer you something run home.”

School Principal Sibusiso Mkhwanazi said the learner went missing on the 22nd of February and her body was discovered in the overgrown bush near the school last Thursday (28 February 2013). He said teachers had alerted members of the community after noticing a smell coming from the bushes. “It is our belief that she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by someone in the community.”

Recounting the family’s horror, Nonjabulo’s grandmother Margaret Khuzwayo said they were still in shock. “We gave her a bath in the morning, and before she went to school she sang a very beautiful song for me and that was the last time we saw her alive,” she said.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, 06/03/13, at the Q-Section Hall, and the funeral takes place on Saturday, 09/03/13, at the King Zwelithini Stadium.
 
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Mthunzi Gumede on 031 311 4855 or 073 989 6324 or email mthunzi.gumede@durban.gov.za