Family of slain taxi violence victim wants justice

MEC Mxolisi Kaunda visits the family of slain Thulasizwe Ngubane who was brutally shot at the Masukwana Taxi Rank.

These were the words of devastated Phakamani Ngubane, the brother of the slain Thulasizwe Ngubane, who was shot by a stray bullet during a wild-west type shoot-out at the Masukwana Taxi Rank on June 1.
Phakamani said his family felt like they were living a nightmare and still struggling to make sense of Ngubane’s brutal death.
Recalling his last moments with his brother, Phakamani said Ngubane called him on the last day of May to tell him that he would be returning home from Greytown as he had received his salary and wanted to share it with his family.
That was the last time the brothers spoke.
“My brother loved his family. He had so many plans, and was in the middle of ordering building material to build our mother her dream house,” said the devastated brother.


Phakamani said what hurt the most was that his brother was an innocent bystander.
“He was never a violent person, but he died in a violent manner that had nothing to do with him. He didn’t know anything about taxi feuds; he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Phakamani.
Ngubane leaves behind a three-year-old daughter. His family are still uncertain as to who will take care of her.
When Maritzburg Sun visited Ngubane’s family in Smero, Edendale, the MEC of transport and safety liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, was at the family’s home offering his condolences.
“We will leave no stone unturned in helping the Ngubane family overcome their loss. As the department, we will closely follow the matter until it reaches finality,” said Kaunda.
Despite the MEC’s visit, Phakamani said the family wanted to be compensated and for the people to be prosecuted harshly.
“We want to be compensated for this so that we will be able to continue where he left off and build my mother a house. We also want those who shot him to rot in jail. Maybe that will help us get closure as family,” said Phakamani.

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Bongeka Sibisi
Journalist

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