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Wife injured, husband killed after being attacked by panga-wielding neighbour in Mfuleni

Nmfundo Soka, 40, from Mfuleni was injured in the panga attack in which her husband died. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Nmfundo Soka, 40, from Mfuleni was injured in the panga attack in which her husband died. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Nov 22, 2021

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Cape Town - A family from Mfuleni is struggling to make sense of the death of their 52-year-old father, Sithembele Soka, who was allegedly ambushed and killed with a panga by his neighbour over the weekend.

Soka and his wife, Nomfundo Soka, 40, were enjoying themselves at home when they were allegedly attacked by their 49-year-old neighbour after they asked him to leave because they wanted to sleep and it was already late for visitors.

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Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi said the police responded to a call-out on Saturday at about 12.10 in Esibaneni, Mfuleni.

According to reports, the suspect and the victims had an argument, after which the suspect left but returned with a sharp object.

Swartbooi said the victim was assaulted on his head and throat and that a woman who wanted to intervene was also assaulted, sustaining open wounds to her chest.

“The motive which led to the argument is unknown. A 52-year-old man was declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel,” Swartbooi said.

He said the female was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. “We can confirm that the suspect in the matter, a 49-year-old man, was arrested and detained.”

He said once charged he was expected to make a court appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and attempted murder.

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Nomfundo, who had stitches around her head and neck, said she almost died when the suspect tried to kill her.

“After he ambushed my husband with a panga and attacked me, I imitated death until he left, thinking I was dead,” Nomfundo said.

The victim’s daughter, Sikelelwa Leleki, 21, said her father was a friendly, caring, understanding and loving man who would “allow us to enjoy ourselves at home”.

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Anyone with information can contact Crime Stop anonymously on 08600 10111 or via the MySAPSApp.

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