Stoning of teenager divides community

pemmyScores of residents from East London and surrounding areas braved the rain and gathered at Nompumelelo Township to bid farewell to a learner who was stoned to death by a mob that accused him of child snatching.

Mbuyiselo Ayanda Mtati was a Grade 12 learner at Sakhikamva Senior Secondary School at the time of his death. At least eight suspects, all of them women, are still in police custody in connection with his murder.

Social Development MEC Pemmy Majodina has described the incident as gruesome.

“ I feel very much depressed, demotivated and hurt because I fight for the rights of women but today it’s women who have turned against that and killed their own child. If you are a mother you are supposed to protect a child but today I see something very different and I regret what has been done by these mothers.”

The MEC highlights that the law must take its course and they must not get bail as that has been the case in other similar incidents.

“A murder is a murder and we must treat everyone equally,” Majodina says.

Family spokesperson, Lunga Gqotso, says that the family is still hurt and wants the suspects to face the full might of the law.

“We want justice; the law must take its course. If they find them guilty, they must lock them and throw the keys away so that we can be relieved. We don’t want the culprits to be with the people of Nompumelelo,”

However, Gqotso says that the family is worried because the community may take the law into their own hands.

“We don’t want the community of Nompumelelo to be divided. We want justice.”