Teens, woman last seen with dead girl ‘on the run’

Bekithemba Ndlovu

Bekithemba Ndlovu

Oliver Kazunga, Senior Reporter
FORMER Highlanders captain and How Mine assistant coach Bekithemba Ndlovu’s daughter, Nokuthaba, who was found dead after she went missing for a week was buried at West Park Cemetery in Bulawayo yesterday.

Nokuthaba (16) who was doing Form Two at Premier High School in Pumula went missing after she left her aunt’s home in the city centre to escort a friend and two teenage boys at about 6PM on May 5.

Her father was told last Thursday that his daughter’s body was in the mortuary at the United Bulawayo hospitals.

Ndlovu yesterday said post mortem results would be released during the course of the week.

He said families of those who were last to be with his daughter did not bother to attend the funeral.

However, a girl from Emganwini who was also with the two teenage boys last to be seen with Nokuthaba attended a service that was conducted at Nketa 8 Seventh Day Adventist Church yesterday morning.

“One of the teenagers, a girl from Emganwini who has been giving conflicting statements on the matter attended the church service in the morning accompanied by her mother. We never saw them during the course of the funeral wake and even at the cemetery. Maybe this girl really wanted to see during body viewing that it was really Nokuthaba in the coffin,” said Ndlovu.

“The other two boys from Nketa 9 and one of the mothers are still on the run. As a family we suspect foul play because if one is not guilty why would you run away from the police instead of assisting with investigations.”

He said the two teenage boys and one of the boys’ mother went into hiding after failing to give police satisfactory explanations.

“At this stage, I do not want to say much because that could jeopardise police investigations,” he said.

During the burial proceedings at West Park Cemetery yesterday, it was a sombre atmosphere as family members were still failing to come to terms with the fact that a young life had been lost so soon.

Officials from Highlanders and How Mine football clubs, players and supporters as well as mourners from Nketa suburb as well as Premier High School teachers and pupils attended the burial.  “It is so sad to lose such a young life in this manner. Justice must prevail should the culprits get apprehended,” a female mourner said.

The day Nokuthaba left home in Nketa 8, Ndlovu was not there but his daughter had asked her mother for permission to go to her aunt who stays in the city centre.  She went with a friend.  Later she left the house in the city centre in the company of her friend and two teenage boys, but what transpired, leading to her death remains unclear.

Her aunt got worried when she was not back at 8PM prompting her to inform Nokuthaba’s parents that their daughter was not yet back. A police report was made at Tshabalala Police Station the following day.

Ndlovu said a taxi driver who ran over Nokuthaba told him that the teenage girl died on admission to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

He said according to the first driver, he tried to remove Nokuthaba from the road after running over her and while moving her with assistance from a pedestrian, a speeding car suddenly appeared and ran over her also, sending the two men scurrying for cover.

— @okazunga

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  • God of War

    If the taxi driver who ran her over is there and has confessed; why are they still suspecting foul play? The two guys and mother have the right not to attend the funeral. This is an open and shut case; pointing fingers is just prolonging their pain.

    • kimmy

      true

    • 1975

      I agree with you god father.

      • MakhosiXamu

        The girl could have been thrown onto the tarmac resulting in her being run over. The driver who ran over her could have got assistance from the friend and the named boys.

        • simayedwa

          l agree with you makhosixamu

    • MakhosiXamu

      This issue has a lot of grey areas. The Police must investigate this matter thoroughly. If those who were last seen in her company are hiding from the police , ndoda it raises a lot of dust.

      • makhosi

        have they been summoned?? I doubt. no one is hiding just sensationalizing the issue.

        • MakhosiXamu

          You are just being funny ..ndoda. This is a very painful matter.

      • Smoothy1

        That they were the last to be seen with the girl doesn’t make it an obligation to attend the funeral. The taxi driver is the one who may be obliged to. They are not for sure supposed to prolong their pain through this witch hunting unless they are suspecting she was lured into drug/alcohol consumption. As far as I am concerned there is no issue.
        I sympathize wiyh the Ndlovu family though. Its really sad and painful no wonder they are finding it hard to come to terms with.

  • james Kabila

    my condolences and thoughts are with you and the family Mr Ndlovu

    • ntume

      abantwana kabavalelwe bayawelwa yingozi bangaphongu vakatsha mahlayana

  • kupo

    What terrible writing!Why couldn’t the writer say right from the start that she was run over by a car?

    • SayItLikeYouMeanIt

      Exactly!! The last 4 paragraphs should have been at the top, they contain crucial info and give direction to the story.

  • watchman

    The car that suddenly appeared must have been watching from a distance

    • Smoothy1

      You need assistance pal. Better say not anything.

    • simayedwa

      prophet freddy will be in Bulawayo, he might assist in telling the family what happened

      • Prophet Mataz

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    • duze

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  • qondani

    Police must get the truth

  • qili

    the taxi driver could have brought her already dead from somewhere else and then dumped her on the road

    • ntethe

      sokumele izihlobo ziyithele ku kamwelo Banda lindaba

  • siphithiphithi

    her boyfriend is a suspect according to my view

  • Tiriparwendo

    What is a bit suspicious is the second accident. If someone has been hit by a car immediately there is a crowd and traffic is disrupted. It is impossible that a car can pass at high speed whilst the victim is still on the tarmac because there will be a swelling crowd already. Why is it appearing there were only 2 people who scurried for cover. Where was the crowd? Of course it might have been a genuine accident but such cases must be investigated fully.

  • gogo

    ngilusizi ngalokhu okwenzakaleyo. Abantwana laba akumelenga sibavumele bephuma igedi ngabo six uyabe esiya ngaphi. Asikhumbuleni ingoma ka Albert Nyathi exwayisa umtwana oyintombazana ethi ebusuku kulamehlo angalunganga ezingwe lempisi, Ukungazi kufana lokufa. Kumele siqale ukubaxwayisa besase bancane beku ECD ukuthi ebusuku akuhanjwa ngaphandle utshonelwe lilanga njalo usazakala lapho okhona. Ngempela lokhu kuzwisa ubuhlungu

  • Mgwanga

    Second Car speeding to run her over is suspicious