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Man shot for peeing on a tombstone

He was shot at close range at Bakerton Cemetery in Springs, Ekurhuleni by a person who accused him of not respecting his ancestors on Sunday and died on the spot.

His gatvol family wants cops to hunt down the suspect to pay for what he did.

A 28-year-old friend of Bongani Zwane (26) from Gugulethu squatter camp in Springs was with him when the incident happened.

“A man driving a white Ford Ranger came close to Bongani and asked him why was he was being disrespectful and peeing on the tombstone,” said the friend.

“He produced a gun and shot him at close range.”

He said after shooting Bongani, the man drove into the suburb.

“I was also scared and I had to ask help from people to call the ambulance.”

He said by the time the ambulance arrived, Bongani was weak and he died few minutes later.

“I want justice for my friend. Bongani was just peeing. He didn’t kill anyone.”

Captain Johannes Ramphora of Springs police confirmed the incident and said cops were appealing for help that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.

“The witness said he heard one shot and saw his friend run about 100 metres and collapse,” said Ramphora. “He said the male got into his white Ford with yellow number plates and drove off.”

He said investigations revealed the bullet went in under the ribcage of the victim and did not exit the body. “It seems the victim was shot with a 9mm pistol.”

Ramphora said no cartridges were found on the scene.

Bongani’s sister Nobuhle Zwane (29) said she wanted the man arrested. “He could have just warned him and not kill my brother. Some people are just gun crazy,” she said.

“This thing has affected my mum badly and I don’t think she will recover soon.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call 08600 10111 or visit the Springs police station.

Sangoma Nyokayamanzi said it is bad luck to pee on top of the graves. “It’s sad that people don’t respect he dead anymore.”

-daily sun

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