By JOHN SAKALA
A-28-years old Zambian national has been stoned to death by a group of enraged taxi and minibus drivers in a town of Klerksdorp, North West, South Africa.
Rabson Zulu, holder of passport number 528427 was stabbed with a knife before being stoned to death together with four (4) other foreign nationals by a group of over 30 drivers in collaboration with the local community.
According to the information made available to the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, Mr Zulu was murdered over the weekend in a case of alleged mistaken identity at a tuck shop located in Pinasdorp.
Mr Zulu had gone to the tuck shop to buy washing powder to clean the car for his relative who he was visiting.
It is alleged that the enraged mob of taxi and minibus drivers together with local people wanted to carry out a revenge attack on an identified foreign national of West African origin for allegedly killing one of the taxi drivers who was accused of raping his employee.
After realising that they had killed an innocent person, the mob fled the scene with no arrests made so far.
Mr Zulu’s body is at Tsepong government mortuary awaiting repatriation to Zambia.
His death comes barely few weeks after another Zambian national, Kenneth Sikopo was shot dead in cold blood in Germiston in the same country.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed shock at the death of Mr Zulu.
Mr Mwamba says the mission was saddened that an innocent life was lost in bizarre circumstances.
He said the murder of Mr Zulu was extremely unfortunate as he was a law-abiding resident in that community.
Mr Mwamba has since called on the Police to carry out thorough investigations to ensure that Zulu’s murderers face justice.
He has also wished the bereaved family and the entire Zambian community in South Africa God’s strength and comfort during this difficult time.
This is according to a media statement made available to The Independent Observer by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in South Africa Naomi Nyawali.