Lonwabo Ngqokolya’s who was a wig thief (snatcher) decomposed body has been found. The body was discovered three months after his family reported him missing.
On the day Lonwabo disappeared it is alleged that two women had come to his to report that he has snatched an expensive wig from them.
The man who was with them threatened his mother and said that there was going to be trouble should the deceased not return the stolen wig.
His friend recalled the last day he saw him. Lonwabo who was 27 years old, from Zone 14 in Langa was shoved into the boot of a vehicle by four armed men, one of them was a well-known community member, after allegedly stealing a wig.
A man had allegedly threatened the mother and left a message for her son that if he didn’t return the wig, there would be trouble. He denied the accusations.
While Ngqokolayi was standing outside his wendy house with a friend, four men, one of them apparently known to residents, allegedly dragged Ngqokolayi to a nearby vehicle, shoved him into the boot and sped off.
Lonwabo Ngqokolayi’s friend managed to escape and rushed to report to his on family what had happened.
A passer-by allegedly witnessed the incident but was afraid to intervene as the men were armed.
A family friend, who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said threats were made on Ngqokolayi’s life before he was allegedly abducted.
She said His body was discovered on January 28 after someone told the family that a decomposed body was found near the Huguenot Tunnel.
“Things have been really difficult for his mother and siblings. We never anticipated months would go by without knowing his whereabouts.
“We all desperately needed closure. Although his mother prepared herself for any news, it is sad that he died over something as small as a wig,” she said.
“The family was told the body was at a mortuary near Paarl. They were informed it had been discovered between Stellenbosch and Paarl. He had been beaten and was shot dead,” she said.
Lonwabo Ngqokolayi’s family is now seeking justice.