A 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by a South African soldier last week at Limpopo River while allegedly supporting unauthorised migrants and smugglers will be buried tomorrow in Bulawayo.
Mduduzi Mbulelo Mlilo was one of 16 smugglers apprehended by South African soldiers on April 2 at an unlawful border crossing location.
His remains has been stored at Tshilidzini Mortuary in Limpopo Province since then, pending police investigations.
The soldier who shot him in the left breast was later caught and charged with murder.
On May 15, he will go on trial at the Musina Regional Court.
Mduduzis devastated father, Mr Dubayi Mlilo confirmed the burial arrangements yesterday.
“This is devastating; my son was killed just like that. If they were really implementing the law, they could have arrested him and taken him to court, he lambasted.
We have had an update from the police and we will follow the case with interest. For now, I don’t have much to say, I just want to take my sons remains for burial in Bulawayo on Friday.”
He said according to witnesses, Mduduzi was shot while assisting people to smuggle an assortments of goods, mainly onions.
Mr Mlilo said his son was killed by one of the soldiers, who were allegedly conducting motorized patrols,
The soldier is alleged to have jumped from a vehicle and opened fire at Mduduzi while standing on the river bank.
He then fell into the water and his body was later retrieved and taken to the mortuary around 8PM after lying on the riverbed for almost six hours.
“We are quiet saddened by this incident and we hope he will get justice,” said Mr Mlilo.
The incident comes a few weeks after a member of the Border Management Authority (border guards) shot and killed another Zimbabwean man for reprimanding soldiers for assaulting an elderly woman,
The incident occurred at the foot of the New Limpopo Bridge (NLB) on the South African side of the border.