A man was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in uMlazi, south of Durban – bringing the number of murders at the violence-plagued precinct to 107 since 2014.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, police spokesperson said: “A case of murder was opened at Umlazi police station after a 28-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death on Sunday morning at about 3am at Glebelands hostel”.
He said no arrests had been made but investigations were ongoing.
“The docket is now investigated by the Provincial Task Team,” he said.
Vanessa Burger, Independent Community Activist for Human Rights and Social Justice, who has been at the forefront of the killings that have taken place at the hostel said the man, Lwando Gladine, was a resident of Block 53 and had visited Chief’s Tavern at nearby Reunion with a friend.
“After leaving the tavern, instead of returning home, he went to Block 55 where he was stabbed to death,” Burger said.
“This is the fifth murder at the hostel since the beginning of the year, bringing the total of those who have lost their lives in Glebelands – related murders – both at the hostel and elsewhere – to 107 since 2014,” she continued.
In April, Khayelihle Mroza Mbuthuma, 28, was handed a life sentence after being found guilty of killing Sibongile Mtshali in August 2017.