Men who robbed and killed defenceless woman still at large

There are still no arrests made in the murder of Vumile Mthimkhulu who was mercilessly gunned down at her home in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening.

According to Women For Change (WFC), a non-profit organisation that advocates for the constitutional rights of women and children, three men forced entry at Mthimkhulu’s home at 11pm and demanded money.

“Three unknown men entered her house at around 11pm and demanded cash from her. Vumile gave them the money she had in the house,” said the WFC.

“Once the men had demanded the key to the safe, Vumile explained that it was with her husband, who was not at home [at the time].”

The unknown men allegedly locked her two children aged nine and 11 and the family’s domestic worker in the bathroom.

“They then shot Vumile three times in her stomach, neck and head. She died instantly. No one has been arrested and the police are investigating a murder case.”

Mthimkhulu’s murder case follows the brutal killing of a 70-year-old woman whose body was stuffed in a trunk by her 30-year-old grandson.

Mamokete Moea from Joe Gqabi in Eastern Cape was reported missing on June 23 by her granddaughter. She then took the police to Moea’s home, which she shared with her grandson.

A survey conducted by Safer Spaces, an online knowledge hub on community safety and violence prevention in South Africa, shows extremely high levels of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence in particular.

“Whilst people of all genders perpetrate and experience intimate partner and/or sexual violence, men are most often the perpetrators and women and children the victims,” shows the survey.


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