A COMMUNITY leader belonging to Ses'khona, a people’s rights organisation which became known for flinging faeces to demand better toilets in parts of Cape Town, has been killed during a robbery.
Thulani Zondani, a father of three and a leader of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement, was stabbed dead in Nkanini, Khayelitsha, at about 2am on Sunday.
The movement made headline news in June 2013, when its members poured faeces onto the floor inside Cape Town International Airport, in protest against the toilets the City was providing in some informal settlements.
Zondani was well known in the Khayelitsha area. Aside from his involvement in Ses’khona, he was the Khayelitsha Water and Sanitation Forum’s deputy chairman.
A memorial service for Zondani is being planned for next Tuesday.
Ses’khona chairperson Andile Lili said he and others were shocked by Zondani's murder.
That afternoon, Zondani had accompanied a friend who owned a shebeen to a house where a relative of the friend lived.
Zondani, and relatives of the friend, had planned a surprise party for him. Zondani was meant to ensure the unsuspecting friend arrived on time.
"After the party he walked home, accompanied by someone else," Lili said.
A group armed with knives confronted the two, attacked Zondani, and grabbed his cellphone.
"He went back to call for his friend, telling him he had been stabbed," Lili said.
Zondani died a short while later. Lili said it was believed a group of youngsters, known in the area for committing crimes, killed Zondani.
In November 2014, Lili himself was wounded twice when someone shot at him as he was sitting in his car in Khayelitsha. To date no arrests had been made in that case, he said.
He said at least in Zondani’s case the suspects appeared to be known.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said a murder case was under investigation. Officers who responded found the body of a man, 35, with multiple stab wounds. No arrests were made