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Police probe killing of 11-year-old at slain Port Elizabeth criminal's funeral 'after tears'

Jan 21, 2019
Police probe killing of 11-year-old at slain Port Elizabeth criminal's funeral 'after tears'

An 11-year-old boy was killed on Saturday while watching the funeral 'after tears' celebrations of a slain Port Elizabeth criminal.

"The funeral was for Siyamthanda Ndema, 28 years old, whose gintsa name was 'Ncuncu'," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"Ndema was murdered on 7 January at 01:15 at Gqalane's tavern in Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth."

Capt Beetge said that his funeral started at 07:00, at his home in Makhubalo Street, in Kwazakele, and ended just before 13:30 at the cemetary in Motherwell.

"Many of the funeral goers returned to Makhubalo street where people gathered in the street. The spinning of vehicles also took place in the tightly packed street," he added.

"At about 14:50, several gun shots were fired by unknown gunmen in the street, and one of these shots are suspected to have hit the 11-year-old boy that was also looking at the street activities. He died on the scene."

'Motherwell police investigating fatal shooting at ginza funeral'

Motherwell SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, said that the SAPS policed the funeral and procession until the cemetery, various vehicles and persons were searched.

Except for a few minor traffic violations, no serious incidents took place.

"A crowd gathering afterwards at Makhubalo street where general lawless behaviour took place, which included spinning of vehicles and firing of firearms within that close ranges of the crowd," he added.

"These persons did not even run away while the shots were fired. Unfortunately, a 11-year-old boy, Mbaza Dlamini, died in the process."

Rabie expressed his disappointment in certain community members, who attend these so-called 'after tears' parties for amaGintsa gangsters, after funerals where illegal 'spinning' of motor vehicles and firing of guns, took place.

"It appears that certain community members hero worship these Mginza gangsters and attend the 'after tears' party as a final farewell," he added.

Genl Rabie has instructed a full probe to be conducted into this Mginza funeral practice as well as a proper investigation into the murder of the 11-year-old boy.

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