14-year-old Luyanda Mhlongo’s last breath was inside a plantation where she was gang-raped by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums.
After having her, the lunatics stabbed her severally, strangled her to death and fled the scene. The crime scene was not far from her home in Elokishini near Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Her body, partially clothed and riddled with stab wounds was discovered on Saturday by kids playing in the area. Afterward, the police were then alerted.
Luyanda Mhlongo, a Grade 8 pupil at Gcwalulwazi High school went missing on Friday, May 19. She had left her house to meet with her friends after she returned from school.
When her family went to police station to report her disappearance on Monday, they were notified that a body matching her description had been discovered days on Saturday.
The teen’s sister Hlengiwe Mathenjwa said she believes her sister was murdered on Friday. Their grandfather, Nkanyiso Mhlongo said he was shocked by his granddaughter’s death.
“What has happened has shocked us as a family because there is so much we still don’t know…We are very worried about the condition she was found in and what is worrying us, even more, is that we don’t know what happened to her,” he said.
The police assured the family that the perpetrators would be brought to book, adding that an investigation into the crime is still underway.
Luyanda Mhlongo’s memorial service was held at Gcwalulwazi High school earlier this week. Speaking at the occasion, MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane condemned the spate of horrific crimes against women and children in recent weeks.
“They don’t happen in the premises of the school, but they happen within the society. So, we are calling upon the society to rise up and stand to fight these social ills.
This learner came from school, went back home, during the course of the day she disappeared. We are saying, as the Department of Education in KZN, the society has a bigger role to play,” Dlungwane added.
Earlier this month, a learner in the Dinuzulu Township was also killed in almost similar fashion.
This was followed by the death of another school girl Mbalenhle Magcaba, from KwaXimba. Magcaba was also raped before being killed and her body dumped in a nearby bush in the area.
A matriculant Nothando Cele from Bhamshele near oThongathi, north of Durban was also reportedly hacked to death by unknown men.
Another shocking death was that of a 15-year-old schoolboy Menzi Mthimkhulu, from Prince Zwelithini High. He was found dumped in a sugarcane plantation and he was stabbed in the chest.
Celebrating Africa Day on Thursday, EFF leader Julius Malema, urged thousands of SA men in Joubert Park in Johannesburg; to start protecting women and children rather than fighting them.
He buttressed that instead of fighting the hashtag, #MenAreTrash# which gained traction on social media following the death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena, men should rather take collective responsibility for the manner in which women, children and the elderly were treated in society.
Mokoena was murdered and burned beyond recognition on April 29 by her 27-year-old boyfriend, Sandile
“All of us take collective responsibility. South African men are trash; that’s who we are and if we don’t want to be called that then let us change our behaviour, let us change our conduct. Karabo’s death must serve as a wake-up call not to a girl child but to a male. Stop your behaviour,” Malema said.
The spate of horrific crimes against women and children in recent weeks have drawn the attention of the government. President Zuma condemned the crimes and encouraged men to protect women and children living in the country.