Goodnight Sweet Son

17 Jan
Lunga Magwelane

Lunga Maqwelane

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Lunga Maqwelane, my colleague and my ‘son at work’, was gunned down on Tuesday morning just after leaving his baby’s creche.

He hadn’t done anything wrong. On the contrary, he was a sweet and gentle young man, deeply religious, loving, hardworking, caring…get the picture?

One of his brothers, on the other hand, is a gang leader. Lunga was killed by a rival gang as retribution for the murders committed by his brother.

We don’t know all the details, but we have heard that this beautiful boy was shot 8 or 9 times. He died where he fell.

Later that night they shot his father too – fortunately he survived.

The brother’s response to what occurred was to track down one one of the killers and murder him.

At the time of the shooting, Lunga, together with his wife and his mother had begun praying and fasting, asking God to help the brother to change his ways.

As things stand, things could get very, very ugly. This could easily be the spark that starts an all – out gang war.

We loved this kid.

Personally I haven’t even begun to deal with this tragedy. As more horrific details pour through the grapevine I find myself withdrawing to a quieter place, a place of solitude, a place where I can still hear Lunga singing in that beautiful baritone…

I will miss you my young son. You were one of the nicest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

(At the time of his death Lunga had been married for less than a year and had become a father to a gorgeous daughter just 3 weeks previously.)



Posted by on January 17, 2014 in South Africa - Lost or Found?


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12 responses to “Goodnight Sweet Son

  1. tric

    January 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, and for your community. What a horrific crime. Such a waste when he was the one travelling the “right” road in life.

    • theforestscribe

      January 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      thanks hon. He was only 25 and so many people wanted to attend the funeral that they had to hold it in the sports centre!!! He was very well loved.

  2. quiall

    January 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I would like to add my voice to the chorus of angels who grieve for this young man. No words can ease the pain of this senseless act. He was here for a short time but he touched the hearts of many and left an indelible mark. He will never be forgotten.

    • theforestscribe

      January 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Amen to that. Now we need a miracle, at this point it may be too dangerous to go to his funeral if the gangsters are warring – I would be devastated if I couldn’t say a proper goodbye!

  3. greyzoned

    January 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Such a tragedy. I feel the loss. I’m so sorry for your loss. This is just so sad.

  4. bottenjane

    January 17, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I am so so sorry….. Huge hugs my love….

    Sent from my iPad


  5. emdashJon

    January 17, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Senseless and such a waste of a guy clearly trying to better himself and do the right thing in his life. Gangsters are losers. It may sound harsh, but they should go live on a gang-only island and take each other out instead of harming innocents.

  6. Tracesofthesoul

    January 17, 2014 at 6:16 am

    This is so sad! Such a tragedy! I am sorry for your loss and for the loss of this young family. My prayers are with you and Lunga and his family. Namaste.

    • theforestscribe

      January 17, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Thank you, we’re reeling from this. He was such a good kid. He was universally admired – weird how so often the good die young!


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