Whoonga turf wars suspected in couple killing


Lungi Langa

The family of the Verulam couple who were murdered on Saturday suspects whoonga turf wars was behind their killing.

Musa Cele, 32, and his live-in girlfriend Nosandiso Nyathi, 31, were killed in a room they rented in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A family member who asked not to be named for fear of being targeted said they suspect that whoonga turf wars might be to blame for the killings.

Cele’s cousin said when they went to look at the scene after the couple had been killed, they were informed that Cele had been selling whoonga in the area.

She said this was something they had not been aware of.

However, other family members were aware that he was being followed by someone.


“When I went home I was informed that he had said that someone was following him around and that had made him uneasy,” she said.

“On Friday night around 9pm he had called one of our siblings telling them that he was feeling uneasy that night. The sibling had told him to go home and get some rest. We had no idea that would be the last time he would ever interact with any of us.

“We were called and told that he had been shot and killed the following day. When we got to the room they rented it was heart-breaking. We had to burn the bed because it was soaked in blood,” she said.

According to the family member, Cele, a father of two, originally from Osindisweni, was a graduate and had studied teaching.

While the family wishes for justice, they believe that they might not get this as they have seen other family members being killed and no one being arrested for their murders.

The family member said they were keeping their faith in God that their loved ones who have died would rest in peace.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed that the police were investigating charges of murder after the killing of the young couple.

“The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage and the suspects are unknown,” said Gwala.

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