Family mourns following Rhodes Park killing

Murdered Westbury High School teacher, Zukiswa Kela (25), who had paid lobola last month. Picture: Joburg East express.

Murdered Westbury High School teacher, Zukiswa Kela (25), who had paid lobola last month. Picture: Joburg East express.

The family of a 25-year-old teacher are in deep mourning after he drowned when he and a friend were tied up by a gang of 12 thugs and thrown into the lake in Rhodes Park, Kensington, in the east of Johannesburg.

The deceased, Zukiswa Kela, was a staff member at Westbury High School, Joburg East Express reported.

“We lost a dear brother,” said Kela’s brother and family spokesperson, Luzuko Nkothana.

He said Kela and his fianceé were in the middle of their wedding preparations.

“My brother was born in the Eastern Cape. He moved to Johannesburg. He was working as a teacher at Westbury High School at the time of his death. We lost a dear brother,” he said.

The school has since posted messages of condolences on their Facebook page.

Pule Shuffle Joseph commented on the post: “Someone as special as Mr Kela will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever. May He who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to the souls of every staff, the learners and everybody close to Mr Kela. May he rest in peace.”

Cleveland police spokesperson Constable Mpho Mashakane said two men and their girlfriends were walking in the park at 6.30pm on Saturday when the gang attacked them. The two men were tied up and thrown into the lake. They drowned.

“One woman was raped while the other was able to fight off her attackers. The men were then thrown into the lake, with their hands tied behind their backs. Their feet were also tied. The suspects also took the couples’ wallets and cellular phones before fleeing the scene,” added Mashakane.

The bodies of the two men were recovered from the lake at about 10pm. They were certified dead on the scene by paramedics.

Mashakane said one cellular phone, belonging to one of the deceased, was recovered by police in the grass next to the scene. Meanwhile, the government has condemned the attack on the two couples.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said: “This dreadful incident and other similar criminal activities should be condemned by all peace-loving South Africans. Working with society, government will do all in its power to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.”

Police have urged the public to come forth with any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Nkothana said the preparations for the funeral have not yet been finalised.

– Caxton News Service


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