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MANZINI – A civil servant lived approximately for an hour in 2018 as he was brutally murdered and robbed of his valuables just after crossing over into the New Year.

The incident took place near Small Enterprises Development Company (SEDCO) building in Manzini just after midnight yesterday. The man is one of four who died under different tragic circumstances over the New Year’s weekend.
A source close to the matter said, Lucky Ndlela, who was a former teacher and was currently employed at the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development, had driven to the hub of the country to do some business on the night. The source said Ndlela was inside his car, two armed robbers approached and used a stone to break one of the car’s windows with the intention of getting inside. “Ndlela kicked the door open, sprang out of the car and tried to escape. However, the robbers stoned him and he fell to the ground and when he tried to get up, they stabbed him once to the head and he fell to the ground again,” said the source. He said, while the man was groaning in pain on the ground, the robbers searched him and took his valuables which included an undisclosed amount of money and cellphone. The source said they then went back to search his car and went away with other valuables.

Luckily, the source said there was a woman who was passing by and witnessed the incident. He said without wasting time, she rushed to Manzini Police Station to report the matter. However, there was nothing the police could do to save the life of the government employee as they found his body soaked in a pool of blood coming from the deep wound on his head. Some officers rushed him to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival while others registered a statement with the witness. Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Khulani Mamba confirmed the incident and said police were still investigating the matter and no arrest had been made yet. Meanwhile, one of the elder brothers of the deceased said they had nothing to say to the media regarding Lucky’s death. In another incident, a businessman was tragically killed when his vehicle was swept down a river while driving across an overflowing bridge at Mndobandoba near Big Bend on Saturday night.

Thulani Senzo Qwabe (39) of Malindza, who was a director of a microfinance company in Siteki, was driving alone towards Matata, at around 10pm when the incident occurred, police said. According to the police, he was driving a Mazda sedan when floods swept the vehicle to the Mndobandoba River near Matata. Police said they found his body floating along the banks of the river on Sunday morning; about 12 hours after his vehicle had been swept into the river. According to the family, Thulani had just dropped his cousin at Mndobandoba and was now driving back home when the tragic incident occurred. The deceased’s elder sister, Nomphumelelo Qwabe, said her brother had earlier crossed the bridge when going to the cousin’s place but when he returned, he found the bridge overflowing. She said witnesses told the family that Thulani tried to drive through the overflowing bridge but the volume of the water increased as the vehicle was mid-way through the bridge and, as a result, the vehicle was swept into the river.

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