- A KwaZulu-Natal mother was brutally murdered during a home invasion over the weekend
- The death of the pregnant woman sent shockwaves throughout South Africa
- Briefly.co.za spoke to a neighbouring business associate who had had a close relationship with the family
The story played out like so many other farm murders in South Africa, men stormed a families home, armed with knives.
The victim's husband was subdued after a scuffle with the men demanding cash at knifepoint.
A pregnant KZN mother was brutally murdered in a home invasion on Saturday.
Three men, armed with knives, stormed her home, subdued and fought with her husband, before killing her.
The woman had attempted to protect her two small children, the act that eventually led to her demise.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala commented on the death of the 26-year-old:
"She was certified dead at the scene. Nothing was taken from the house. The matter is receiving immediate attention."
Briefly.co.za exclusively spoke to a close friend of the family, a fellow farmer who had done business with the family for years.
Wishing to remain anonymous, the distraught friend had recounted the events of that fateful night:
"We were watching tv with our children when the message came through on one of the groups saying that there's trouble at Ayoobs house. Immediately my husband left to go and help. Roads were blocked by the farmers to try and catch the murderers. Unfortunately, Zakiyya passed away when they slit her throat. Everyone was horrified and incredibly sad for Ayoob, the children and the family. The cold feeling you get when an SOS comes through is a terrible thing to feel."
But, in the Weenen region, the friend explained that incidents like this are becoming increasingly common, with no real support from authorities:
"We can write books about all the incidents in Weenen. Ranging from stock theft, to workers being stabbed and thrown with petrol to be set on fire alive, to slitting a beautiful, loving mommy's throat. Personally we have a book full of cases reported to the Police, and Most of them unresolved. The case ends when the police take the statement and you sign the form to say they came to you. After that, nothing is done, and no feedback at all. Just pending cases."
When asked if the region received support from the government in light of these increasing challenges, the friend explained:
"Definitely NOT! No support at all. We don't even have available police vehicles at the Weenen Police station! Nothing! And even Weenen Police encourages people to report all cases because they need help and assistance from the government! Ladysmith Police was at the scene before Weenen!that is shocking!"
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the men of South Africa to lead a revolution against gender-based violence in the country:
"While this needs society-wide action, I call on young men in particular to take up the struggle against gender-based violence. Unless we end the war that is being waged against South African women, the dream of a new society will remain elusive."
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