By Ofentse Letlape July 2, 2020
Mahikeng: Nothing could have prepared the Ndabambi family for two deaths at the same time, especially not when the origin of those is a family member’s actions. But now this family is preparing for a double funeral. The Ndabambis lost 24-year-old Boitumelo Ndabambi and her cousin 27-year-old Molwantwa Ndabambi recently in Signal Hill village in Mahikeng in the North West.
Molwantwa stabbed his uncle with a knife while the family was having supper on Friday evening. His cousin Boitumelo tried to stop him, but Molwantwa stabbed her to death. Sibongile said while they were trying to see how badly Boitumelo was stabbed, Molwantwa went outside the yard and within no time community members reacting to the incident attacked him until he died of his injuries. The uncle survived with a minor injury. Their deaths left Boitumelo’s mother Sibongile Ndabambi with an unbearable pain. She said even though they were cousins, the bond they had for one another was stronger than anyone else’s.
“I still cannot believe what happened. They had just arrived from their grandmother in the Free State and they died the same day,” Sibongile said. Sibongile said Molwantwa was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago.”He was under treatment. We do not know what triggered him. He acted out of the blue,” she said.What bothered the family were messages circulating on social media with people making up stories about Boitumelo and Molwantwa’s deaths.
“Some said it was gender-based violence, some say Molwantwa was an ex-convict. There was nothing like that. They were both my children,” said Sibongile. The family said despite his illness Molwantwa managed to complete his Civil Engineering degree at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein. The family said her sister Boitumelo was also a bright student who graduated with a BCom Law degree from University of the Free State and was studying towards an LLB at the same institution.