Community prayer walk for Nhathi

By Andrew Matyila

Sunday 1st November marked an organised march by the Mdantsane community and all congregational members, for a prayer walk to the place where a body of a 6-year-old girl was found, having been raped and violently murdered.

Ayabukwa “Nhathi” Mhlahlo apparently went to the shop to buy some sweets. Her body was later found along the bush road.

A manhunt has been launched for the murderers by Mdantsane police. 

A video circulated in social media showed two suspects, men between 20 to 30 years of age, lying unconscious in the same bushes where the child was killed. They had allegedly been brutally beaten by community members, and waiting for the police to arrest them. 

The march, which had gathered next to Nondlwana Methodist Church in Mdantsane for their starting point, had then after the prayer walk proceeded to the deceased family home for a memorial service.

The Mdantsane community, boys, girls, men and women, both young and old, are all still in shock by this worst case scenario that happens after the country has been deeply involved in educational programs for this very unpleasant behaviour to come to a stop. 

The children and women are the worst affected in these child and gender based violence cases and the youth promised in celebrating women’s day in August, that they’ll make certainly sure that the culprits are brought to book, after some hard “polishing.”

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