Namhla Mtwa's demise
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟱 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
It was the evening of 21 April and Namhla Mtwa parked in her driveway in Mthatha – as always. But that night was different. She was killed by a waiting gunman, her body riddled with nine bullets. In a society inured to daily violence, her brutal murder didn’t reverberate around the country; police didn’t spring into action. A month later, her frustrated sister took to social media to reveal how an abusive relationship with a well-known businessman could be the real cause of her death. As Namhla’s tragic story belatedly captures headlines, Carte Blanche heads to Mthatha to ask why gender-based violence continues unabated.