Family needs help with funeral

Tsepo Monatisi

The family of a youth soccer coach who died after he was shot near his home is appealing to the public to help with funeral arrangements.

Tsepo Monatisi, 28, and three other youths were shot on Friday night in Khayelitsha’s C-Section and were rushed to hospital where he died.

The three others survived and are receiving treatment in hospital.

Family spokesman, Karabo Monatisi, said he heard gunshots and was alerted by neighbours that his brother and friends had been shot by armed men who fled in an unidentified vehicle.

“They were all shot in the legs but Tsepo was also shot in the head. This makes us think he was a target,” said Mr Monatisi.

Lingelethu SAPS police spokesperson Xoliswa Nyalambisa confirmed the shooting and that an investigation was under way. No arrests, had yet been made. His distraught mother Morongwe Monatisi appealed for help as no one in the family was working.

“Tsepo last worked in February before their cleaning project was affected by Covid-19 lockdown rules. He had a funeral policy but it had since lapsed,” she said.

Vuyiswa Madubela, branch chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) which is assisting the family’s fundraising efforts, said they condemned Tsepo’s violent death in the strongest possible terms.

“It is unfortunate that Tsepo had to die like this. He was a well-loved man in the area through his work with football boys and also during the initiation season he plays a role of being ikhankatha and a fully fledged member of the Dora Tamana Sanco branch ” said Ms Madubela.

To help the Monatisis call 073 737 8623 or 079 105 2231.