Concerns were raised amongst the eMbalenhle community just after the peaceful festive season. Everyone was still celebrating the huge decrease in murder, burglary, arson and assault cases in the eMbalenhle community.
The community praised the hard work of the police during the festive season in enforcing the law and ensuring that the people were safe, during the busiest time of year, in the township. Huge law enforcement visibility was set to be the reason for the major decrease in gangsterism amongst the community.
But that was not going to last very long as this past weekend a young man was brutally killed in Ext 7, eMbalenhle, by unknown suspects. The murder occurred while he was on his way home from a family event. It is alleged that he left everyone at the party to go home and rest.
When his friends left the party, they were shocked to find his helpless body on the side of the road with his clothes stripped off. They immediately called the police who came and investigated.
The investigation which is still on going.
Speaking for the family one member who wishes to remain anonymous said: “They killed his brother and took sneakers and his cell phone as well as other belongings, a family conducted their own investigation which led them to a young man who confessed that he had got sneakers from his older brother then they took him to eMbalenhle police station for further assistance.”
On Monday morning The Bulletin asked several times for any feedback from eMbalenhle police regarding the matter but to no avail.
“For the whole of December it was very quiet you could say this is not Embalenhle we know until second weekend of January where we start to have reports of murders,” said one of the police officers at eMbalenhle.
- Sandile Mkhwanazi