Durban - The family of a 20-year-old Grade 11 pupil who was murdered, allegedly by a jealous husband in eManzimtoti this week, said they had thought he had been living with “a friend” since February
However, it is alleged that Siphesihle Kheswa was in a relationship and living with a married teacher.
The husband, also a teacher, came home only at weekends, when Kheswa usually returned to his family home. It is alleged that the man shot Kheswa three times in the chest when he found him in their eManzimtoti home on Tuesday evening.
The teacher was shot in both thighs and is recovering in hospital.
Speaking for the family at their home in Illovo, south of Durban, on Thursday, the pupil’s aunt, Princess Daniels, said Kheswa had been asked by his family to stay with a neighbour because their one-roomed shack was too small.
Daniels said that soon after the arrangement had been finalised, Kheswa then moved in with “a friend”. She said they did not know who the friend was.
She said friends of Kheswa’s, who had known about the relationship, had warned him not to go to the teacher’s home on Monday because it was suspected that the husband had found out
She said Kheswa eventually left their Illovo home on Tuesday at about 6pm. An hour later, he was shot dead in eManzimtoti
Daniels said they had been to see the body at the mortuary. His jacket had three bullet holes, she said.
Kheswa, whose mother died in 1999, had never known his father, she said at the tiny shack, where a small hot-plate stove and fridge sat in one corner, with a television set an arm’s length away.
Two single beds took up the other part of the room, shared by two aunts, a man and four children.
The family described Kheswa as “humble” and a man of few words.
The family said they did not know how Kheswa would be buried
because they could not afford a funeral.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said it would launch an investigation into the incident.
Department head, Nkosinathi Sishi,
said the teacher faced being removed from the profession if found guilty of unprofessional conduct. “Once the allegation is proven, the department would take action.” said Sishi.