Family of murdered Mthunzi demand justice

Residents marching through the streets of Khayelitsha, demanding Lingelethu police station officers bring the killers of Mthunzi Zuma to book.

The family of slain community activist Mthunzi Zuma, and a group of Town Two backyard dwellers, protested outside Lingelethu police station, on Saturday June 17, demanding the arrest of his killers.

They also accused the police of not doing enough to bring the perpetrators to book, urging them to prioritise this case.

Singing revolutionary songs and carrying placards, angry residents braved the chilly weather to make their grievances known to police.

They vowed to continue marching until the killers are brought to book.

Mr Zuma, who had been instrumental in the fight for land in and around Khayelitsha recently, was gunned down on Sunday May 28 (Community activist gunned down, Vukani, June 8)

Mr Zuma’s elder sister, Zanele said three weeks has passed since her brother’s cold blooded murder, but no progress has been made by the police to arrest the killers. She said the longer it took for the officers to bring offenders to book, the more difficult it would be to solve the case.

The 48-year-old said her brother died fighting for land for his people. She said he was “not a criminal” and had never been found to be on the wrong side of the law.

“I’m glad that residents of Town Two are still here showing their unwavering support to us. My brother’s blood would form the foundation of the Zwelethu housing scheme. We will not give up until we get the land; the very same land that my brother had been fighting for,” she said.

The marchers wanted to meet with the Lingelethu station commander colonel Fana Dlamini, but he was unavailable. They promised to return to the station to get the answers. Community leader Zola Booi said the community still battled to come to terms with Mr Zuma’s death. He said Mr Zuma’s blood was not spilled in vain. He said the community will fight until justice is done.