Just weeks after winning the seat of an ANC ward councillor in Greater Giyani Municipality; Douglas Bembani has lost his 13-year-old daughter in a mysterious manner.
As gathered, the teenager was murdered last week at Nkomo B Village outside Giyani; in Limpopo, by a man who allegedly asked her for R5 on learning that her father is a councillor and had wads of money at home.
The 32-year-old man reportedly stopped Neo Bembani and demanded R5 but when the Grade 7 pupil refused; the man stabbed her to death instantly.
However, an angry mob descended on the shameless man and beat him to a pulp. He was later rushed to the hospital where he died. Giyani Police Spokesman, Thomas Makhubele confirmed this.
Devastated by Bembani’s death, Gezani Bembani, Neo’s uncle, and family spokesperson expressed sadness that the young girl was brutally murdered by a man who is not even alive to tell them how he killed her.
“We don’t know why he killed our daughter in such a cruel manner. We wanted him to be tried and face the music in court. We wanted justice to prevail for our daughter,” he wailed.
In response, a local chief in the community, Hosi Gem Mahumani said Neo was a brilliant and hardworking girl with a bright future.
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He said: “This tragedy has hit us below the belt as a community. We lost our angel, she had enormous potential, and she could have been a teacher or doctor and helped to develop the community.”
The Principal of Nkomo Primary School, Daniel Ngoane Neo lamented that Neo was slaughtered “like a chicken”. He also praised the daughter of Douglas Bembani for her brilliance and recalled that she was also awarded as “Best Reader in Xitsonga” and always passed mathematics by more than 80%.