By NATION REPORTER
ANOTHER Zambian has been murdered in cold blood by taxi and bus drivers in South Africa in a case of mistaken identity, barely a fortnight after Kenneth Sikopo was shot dead.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has demanded for a thorough investigation from the police to bring the culprits to book saying it was shocking that another Zambian had been killed under bizarre circumstances within a short period.
First secretary press and public relations at the Zambian High Commission Naomi Nyawali said Mr Rabson Zulu, 28, was murdered last weekend by a group of enraged drivers were wanted to avenge the death of their colleague who was allegedly murdered by a West African.
Ms. Nyawali said Mr. Zulu was stabbed with a knife before being stoned to death together with four other foreign nationals by a group of more than 30 drivers and people from the local community.
She explained that Mr. Zulu was murdered in a case of mistaken identity at a tuck shop located in Pinasdorp area where he had gone to buy washing powder to clean the car for his relative whom 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 was taken to Tsepong Government mortuary awaiting repatriation to Zambia,” Ms. Nyawali said.
And Mr. Mwamba has expressed shock at the death of Mr. Zulu saying the mission was saddened that an innocent life was lost in bizarre circumstances.
He said the murder of Mr. Zulu was extremely unfortunate because he was a law-abiding resident in that community.
Mr Mwamba called on the police to carry out thorough investigations to ensure that Mr. Zulu’s murderers were brought to justice.