Zimbabwe embassy in South Africa: Full statement on the killing of Elvis Nyathi who was stoned and burnt to death in South Africa



The Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Pretoria and the Consulates in Johannesburg and Cape Town have lean’t with utmost revulsion of the wanton and callous killing of a Zimbabwe national in Diepsloot, Johannesburg. The victim, positively identified as Elvis Nyathi, met his untimely death in the evening of the 6th of April 2022. Elvis was gruesomely murdered by yet to be identified assailants who unlawfully demanded cash and travel documents from him before murdering him in cold blood.

The Embassy and the Consulates wish to express their deepest condolences to the bereaved family especially the wife who tried all she could, to plead with the assailants, to win freedom for her husband. Unfortunately all that was in vain. Instead she was robbed of the only amount of money that was on her.
The Embassy and the Consulates wish to urge all Zimbabwe nationals, particularly those in Diepsloot to remain calm in the face of adversity. The Embassy and the Consulates are working with host Govemment authorities to get to the root of the problem.

We continue to pin our hopes on the ability of the host govemment’s justice delivery system to bring the perpetrators to book. We reiterate our call to all our nationals to immediately establish contact with the Embassy and the two Consulates in times of distress.
8 April 2022

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