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8 Nov 2016
10:55 am

Zandspruit woman grateful for her son’s death

Citizen reporter

The 24-year-old man was burnt alive by angry residents in October after he was caught robbing a woman of her cellphone.

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Yoliswa Mdeke from Zandspruit, in Johannesburg, says she has been at peace ever since the death of her 24-year-old son.

The mother said she had lived in fear and pain when her son was still around, as he always terrorised the community and would often come home in blood-stained clothes.

Sihle Mdeke was burnt alive by angry residents in October after he was caught robbing a woman of her cellphone. Residents caught him, stripped him naked and beat him. But it was women who said he had raped them who brought petrol and set him alight, she told Daily Sun.

The 40-year-old woman said she didn’t cry when she heard of her son’s passing. In fact, she only buried him because there was no one else to do it.

October was just an unlucky month for her son, as he had been caught stealing and hacked with pangas in July and survived the attack, which his mother thought would change him for the better.

Yoliswa told the tabloid she had tried to talk to her son before and even prayed for him, but nothing seemed to work.

She further said he had killed innocent people and robbed them. As a result, police were always going to her shack looking for him, to no avail.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela confirmed to the tabloid that a case of murder was being investigated, though no arrests had been made.