Elvis Nyathi’s family, a Zimbabwean national who was murdered in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, say they have not been kept up to date on the status of the police investigation into his death.
Godknows Nyathi, Elvis’s brother, told TimesLIVE that the police told him not to contact them because Elvis’s wife had not returned to South Africa to identify the suspects. Nyathi stated:
They aren’t communicating with us in any way. They told me that because Elvis’s wife did not come to identify the people who killed Elvis, there was nothing they could do to help us further, and that I shouldn’t bother contacting them.
Gauteng police spokesperson Col Dimakatso Sello advised the Nyathi family to lodge a formal complaint with the station commander. Said Sello:
If the family has any complaints about the service or the progress of their case, they are advised to lodge a formal complaint with the station commander or the Gauteng service complaints centre on 082-442-2000.
Seven suspects who were arrested and charged for Elvis’s murder are out on R3 000 bail each.
“Don’t Bother Us”, SA Police Tell Elvis Nyathi’s Brother
They briefly appeared at the Randburg magistrate’s court on Thursday but the matter was postponed to 24 August.
The suspects are Cedrick Raseala, 41, Baron Mashele, 31, Godfrey Mahlo, 31, Thomas Serebane, 53, Phumudzo Tshirangwana, 38, Thabo Makgatho, 32, and Puleng Chipape, 34.
They are charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, four counts of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and extortion.
On the fateful night in April, the suspects, who were allegedly part of a mob, moved around Diepsloot knocking on doors at different homes claiming they were searching for illegal foreign nationals in the township.
Knowing that his papers were not in order, Elvis allegedly tried to flee from the mob but was caught, beaten up and set alight outside his home.
The murder occurred when there was a surge in murder cases in the area which some locals blamed on foreigners, particularly Zimbabwean nationals.