Twin brothers Siyabonga and Bonga Ngcobo’s happy family gathering turned into a tragic tale on Sunday night when they were fatally shot while purchasing alcohol at a local tavern in KZN.
The 35-year-old siblings were shot at by a group of armed people who approached them in Ezimangweni, north of Durban, seemingly out of the blue. A close friend who was there at the time recalled this startling event.
The motive behind this senseless act of violence remains unknown, prompting an ongoing investigation by law enforcement. As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the case.
Siyabonga, who lives in Isipingo, had come to spend the long weekend with his twin brother, Bonga. Eager to enjoy some quality time together, they had planned a casual braai on that ill-fated Sunday evening. The night took a dark turn when they went to a local tavern with a friend around 7 p.m., never to return.
Babongile, another sibling of the twins, recounted the harrowing details of the incident as relayed by the friend who was present at the scene. According to Babongile, the friend had been inside the tavern when an altercation erupted between the twins and a group of men. Attempting to defuse the situation, the friend questioned the assailants, only to be met with gunfire.
Babongile conveyed the chilling account to ZiMoja:
“He said he enquired why they were shooting his friends, but they didn’t respond. They shot the brothers several times, later demanding his car keys, and fled the scene. It was raining, and their blood was just flowing with the water. Siyabonga was shot nine times, while Bonga was shot seven times. This was a clear hit. The way they shot at them; they were killing them.”
Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala, the spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal South African Police Service (SAPS), officially confirmed the heartbreaking shooting incident.
“Inanda police are investigating two counts of murder following an incident in which two siblings aged 35-years-old were fatally shot by unknown people on 24 September 2023 at Ezimangweni area. The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The motive for the killing is unknown.”