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Mom’s death prompts protests

Residents of Ilingelethu have come out strongly against violence committed against women and children, in the aftermath of the killing of a local woman.

The ANC Women’s League, joined by community members, marched through the streets of Ilingelethu on Tuesday (23 Tuesday) to express their concern about ongoing gender-based violence and to pay tribute to Zimasa Mbuli (32), who was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Sunday morning, 21 June (“Local woman a national statistic”, Swartland Gazette, 23 June 2020).

The 42-year-old Sizwe Mbuli, a security guard at the Malmesbury Court, then shot himself. Sgt Henry du Rand last week said Sizwe was still alive when police arrived on the scene, and he was taken to Swartland Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

A local man, Luyanda Mgqala, who joined the march, said it is high time men came together to express their solidarity against an endemic scourge.

Meanwhile, friends of Zimasa have shared their fondest memories of her.

Longtime friend Sonia le Roux, who met Zimasa a little over 10 years ago, when they started working together at the Malmesbury TB Hospital, said she considered her both a daughter and close friend.

“She was the most beautiful person. She always laughed, never cried. Never told others, except me, how hard she had it. If she had a bad day she would still be more interested in your problems than her own. Her two daughters were her everything.”

According to Le Roux, Zimasa had met Sizwe at the hospital, where he first worked as a security guard, and the two later married. The couple had two daughters – the elder started school this year and the younger is only 4 years old.

Le Roux said Zimasa, or Anita as she called her, was like a mother to her own children.

“When I was at work, and one of my own children had to be with me for a while, she always looked after them, and it was as if we raised each other’s children.”

Le Roux said Zimasa and her two daughters had the best manners.

“Anita will always remain my daughter, and I will forever miss her so much. It feels as if a child in my house has died.”

Another close friend, Yanga Mlungwana, wrote a comment on Facebook, “We knew each other for nine years, and she didn’t deserve what happened to her; she was the kindest person, always smiled. I miss her already, for there is so much I wanted to share with her. May her beautiful soul rest in peace [sic].”

* Gazette identified Zimasa as Zinaja Mbuli in last week’s article, as indicated in her identity documents and police reports. She was, however, known as Zimasa or “Anita” by colleagues, friends and family.

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