Fatal attraction

Amandas aunt, Nomonde Myeki, says the killing of her niece and the subsequent turn of events brought a lot of misery to the family.

A Langa family is hoping to get all the answers when the man accused of killing their daughter goes on trial.

Buhle Mkaliphi, 31, made his second court appearance at the Khayelitsha Regional Court on Tuesday September 12 for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Amanda Myeki.

He will make his next court appearance on Tuesday October 17.

The 26-year-old Langa woman was found dead at Mr Mkaliphi’s home in Ekuphumleni, in Khayelitsha, on Sunday September 3.

Her boyfriend, with whom she has a one-year-old son, was arrested the next day.

He made his first court appearance on Tuesday September 5, but was remanded in custody at Pollsmor prison.

It is unclear what led to the killing, but Amanda’s body was allegedly found laying on the floor in her boyfriend’s room.

The killing has raised the ire of Amanda’s relatives. The family says the pain of her death is too hard to bear.

A livid aunt, Nomonde Myeki, said the couple had been dating for a long time.

Nomonde said the family was devastated by the murder, particularly considering that her niece allegedly died at the hands of somebody who was meant to love her.

Nomonde said Amanda had left her home on Saturday with her boyfriend and numerous attempts to get hold of her on Sunday were in vain.

“She spent most of her time there, up to three days a week,” she said.

“I wanted her to come back because she had left the child, but her phone was not answered. I even sent her a message.”

Nomonde said later in the day they received a call from a relative who stayed close to Amanda’s boyfriend, informing them that she was dead.

She said they immediately rushed to Khayelitsha, but when they arrived at the crime scene the house was locked. “We wanted to see the place where she was killed, but the homeowner was very rude to us. We were treated like criminals,” said Nomonde.

While the circumstances surrounding the death remained a mystery, the Myeki family believes the accused’s mother has some questions to answer. “She knows what happened to our child. We knew there were some issues in their relationship, but we never thought it would get to this point,” said Nomonde.

“I would love to hear directly from them what happened and they must not lie.” Amanda’s mother was too heartbroken to talk.

Police spokesperson Constable Xoliswa Nyalambisa said the police investigation into the killing was ongoing. “But we are opposing his bail application,” she said. “We would not want a situation where we would have to look for him again.”