Mbalenhle Aretha Biyela in happier times.
Mbalenhle Aretha Biyela, a professional nurse, had just arrived at her Oakford work place last Wednesday, when she was allegedly shot and killed.
The colleagues of the KwaMashu resident ran outside after hearing the sounds of gun shots being fired. The 27-year-old nurse was found by her colleagues in her silver Kia Rio vehicle, profusely bleeding, after being shot twice.
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Attempting to treat their seriously wounded colleague in the confined space of her vehicle, while waiting for emergency services to arrive, it was established that the KwaZulu-Natal College of Nursing Alumni sustained a head and hand bullet wound. Biyela was then rushed to Osindisweni Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.
Speaking to the Phoenix Sun, Verulam SAPS communications officer, Cpt Henry Kistan, confirmed that a murder inquest had been opened.
“An inquest docket has been opened and no arrests have been made yet. We cannot yet comment on the motive of the murder as our officers are working tirelessly to uncover the motive and the suspect or suspects who committed this inhumane act,” Cpt Kistan said.
Taking to Facebook, friends and colleagues of the deceased expressed their shock, anger and hurt about Biyela’s death.
Many Facebook users sent their condolences to the deceased’s bereaved family, especially the deceased’s two-year-old son. Many others opened up about their last encounters with Biyela.
One colleague who refused to be named described her as a beautiful, down to earth soul who always wore a smile on her face.
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One user called upon the South African government to bring back the death penalty while many others requested that Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, come to Verulam to address their crime concerns.
Biyela’s tragic death befalls KwaZulu-Natal’s health fraternity 17 days after 34-year-old Barbara Haines allegedly lost her life at the hands of her husband Zain ul Aberdeen on Sunday, March 10.
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