Senseless killing leaves Gqeberha residents in shock

Mkhuseli Sizani

The senseless shooting of Phumla July on Friday morning has devastated the community of Zwide in Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth.

A 61-year-old mother of three, Phumla was shot and killed next to her house after walking her 10-year-old grandson to Daniels Primary school. 

The motive for the murder is not known.

Women looked on in disbelief while her body was lying in a pool of blood in Qeqe Street. 

She was still dressed in her cleaner’s uniform. 

Her shocked son Sakhiwo told Scrolla.Africa that his sister called him at 7am and told him their mother was dead.

He said their mother liked walking her grandson to school. 

“She was coming back home to fetch her car to go to work at Empilweni Hospital where she worked since 2010 as a cleaner. 

“She was a single parent and raised us with love,” said Sakhiwo. 

“We don’t know how we are going to explain her death to her grandchildren. She was loved by everyone and never had problems with people.” 

He said she wanted to retire at 65 after paying off her second vehicle. 

“Nothing was taken from her,” he said. 

Neighbour Nozukile Daniel said: “Phumla was a pillar of this community. When we had no electricity she would buy for us and never ask for repayment.” 

Nokuzile said she even gave them lifts when they couldn’t find a jikeleza. 

“Her killers have killed us. Government should bring back the death penalty.” 

Captain Andre Beetge confirmed the incident. 

“A murder case was opened. The motive of the killing is not known. No one has been arrested.”