A heartbroken father hunted down and captured three men suspected of killing his teenage daughter.
The dad, who is a trained soldier, travelled all the way from Durban to do his own investigation and catch the alleged killers in Gugulethu.
Vusimuzi Silwanyana, 42, tracked down the killers on Tuesday morning with the help of residents – and turned them over to the cops.
Vusimuzi tells the Daily Voice he lost all faith in the police when they made no headway in his daughter’s murder investigation.
“I would not rest until the men who stabbed my daughter to death were caught,” he says.
Pretty Nontombi Jonginamba, 14, was brutally hacked to death with a screwdriver and a knife last week after three men broke into her home in KTC.
The teenager’s body was discovered by her mother, Thandeka Jonginamba, on Wednesday morning.
She was found stripped to her underwear with her throat slight and her bloodied body covered in stab wounds.
Vusimuzi says it took him five days to hunt down his child’s alleged killers.
He says: “There was a lot of talk in the community that somebody knew these boys.
“So we put out word that anyone who knows anything should come forward.
“And over the weekend we were contacted by a woman who said she bought alcohol from these boys who claimed to have killed a girl.
“We caught the one first and took him to the police where he started talking.”
He said the men wanted to rob the house, but were surprised by Nontombi who was at home.
“My daughter was killed because they did not want her identifying them,” the distraught father says.
When the Daily Voice arrived at the scene on Tuesday, police had just rescued the other two suspects from angry residents baying for their blood.
Residents confiscated a trolley full of items from the houses of the suspected killers, including several huge knives, DVD players, computers, cameras, bank cards and dagga which they then handed over to the Gugulethu Police Station.
Warrant Officer November Filander said the three men, aged 19, 34, and 36, were expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
“The three men have been formally arrested and charged with the murder of the 14-year-old,” Filander said. - Daily Voice, Sapa