Mtati family calls for justice

The Mtati family said while they appreciate the visit by Chief Whip of the Majority Party at the national parliament, Pemmy Majodina and her colleagues, they wanted to see justice for their slain sister.
Nomandla’s elder brother, Thembalethu Mtati, 37, receives a warm fleece from Chief Whip of the Majority Party at the national parliament, Pemmy Majodina as a way of comforting the family.

The distraught family members of Nomandla Mtati from Khayelitsha who was brutally stabbed multiple times at her friend’s home are demanding answers and justice for her senseless murder.

The 35-year-old mother of three was murdered three weeks ago.

Chief Whip of the majority party at the national parliament, Pemmy Majodina and a group of colleagues visited the grieving family to show their support and to hand over food, blankets and money to help the family.

According to her family, one of Ms Mtati’s friends fetched her from the house on the Friday evening and went to their friends place.

Ms Mtati’s cousin, Zandile Mdletye, said the family was later informed that Ms Mtati had been stabbed. They rushed to the friend’s house and found her dead body. She had allegedly been stabbed by one of the men she and her friends had been drinking with.

The owner of the house, however, was unable to tell them what had happened.

“This man told us that when he finally woke up, he heard Nomandla crying and never heard anything again from her. He does not know what had happened or how it started as he had passed out.

“But we don’t really believe that because how can you not hear anything in a one room shack when people are fighting?

“We are saddened that her friend who fetched her from the house has not visited us or shared any information about what had happened.

“We want them to tell us exactly what happened. We have not received any information with regards to the case or anything from the police,” she said.

Ms Majodina said they visited the family to mourn with them and pleaded with the family to allow the wound to bleed so that they could start the healing journey.

Lingelethu Police station spokesperson Sergeant Xoliswa Nyalambisa said a case of murder had been registered at the station and that seven days after the suspect had been arrested, he was granted a bail on the basis that he was a first time offender and would appear again in Khayelitsha court on the first week of November.

She said the family had the right to request counselling which police would facilitate, and urged them to allow justice to take its course.

Ward councillor Xolisa Peter said women were living in fear because of men and pleaded with the police to ensure that the perpetrator was not released from prison.