Detective Constable Carlton Thomas escorts Liziwe Ngwayishe and Ali Yusaf into the Durban Magistrate’s Court, where they appeared on Tuesday, charged with murdering schoolboys Luyanda Msomi and Njabulo Mankayi. Picture: Bernadette Wolhuter
Durban - A memorial service for slain Clairwood schoolboys Luyanda Msomi and Njabulo Mankayi is to be held 
on Thursday, a week after the pair were last seen alive.

The boys’ families were expected to bury them at out-of-town funerals this 
weekend.

Community leader Siya Njokweni said yesterday that the grief-stricken community decided to host a joint memorial service in Clairwood for the pair.

“The community wants to pay its respects,” Njokweni said.

Luyanda and Njabulo probably spent their last moments together. Both 10, they disappeared last Thursday.

They were last seen boarding a bus, on their way home from school.

After a frantic search, officers from SAPS Search and Rescue unit recovered Luyanda’s bruised and battered body from dense bush, in Montclair on Saturday.

On Monday, they pulled Njabulo’s body from Durban harbour.

Police swooped on three suspects, including the ex-girlfriend of Njabulo’s father, Amahle Maliwa.


Maliwa appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Her case was adjourned for her to secure an attorney.

Yesterday 33-year-old Liziwe Ngwayishe and 46-year-old Ali Yusaf were in the dock.

They all face charges of murder, kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The case was remanded until next week, when Ngwayishe and Yusaf will appear alongside Maliwa.

Magistrate Mahomed 
Motala said yesterday that bail would be considered then.