Action Society has been mandated by the family of murder victim Busiswe Ndabezimbi to support and act as a watching brief in the fight for justice in her case. Busiswe was one of four people in her home in XaXabantu in Vrygrond on 13 August when, just after 20:00, two men entered the home. Busiswe was lying in her bed when one of the men shot Busiswe nine times. One of the other women was also shot and wounded in the attack.
There are ten women killed every day. Murdered. That is the box that is ticked in the police records. But not enough is said about the horrible levels of torture and violence these women endure before they die. That is why Action Society will say Busiswe’s name: Busiswe Ndabezimbi – shot nine times in her bed. Described as a family person. Caring and outspoken. Mother of a 21 year old daughter, sister to a brother who tried to save her. She leaves behind a devastated family who cannot think of any reason why someone would want her dead.
Action Society visited Busiswe’s family yesterday after being mandated to oversee her case. Her brother, Bathande Ndabezimbi lives close by, and was alerted about the attack. “He rushed to the scene, running through the bushes in the dark in a state of panic and shock. But nothing could be done. No one could help. No one could have survived that,” says Kaylynn Palm, Action Society’s Action Centre Coordinator.
“Unfortunately the South African Police Service hasn’t communicated with the family at all. No arrests have been made and the family is in the dark about the status of the investigation. That is going to change now. Our journey to justice for Busiswe starts here.”