Busisiwe Manqele, wife of slain traditional healer Mduduzi Manqele, did not know that she was stuck in a traffic jam as a result of a shooting that had claimed her husband’s life.
Manqele was one of nine members of a gang shot dead by police outside Howick on Saturday night.
It is believed Manqele supplied traditional medicine to the suspects apprehended on Saturday night, which would allegedly offer them invulnerability while carrying out their crimes.
Busisiwe Manqele said her husband was not involved in the commission of a crime. She said she had became anxious when she could not reach her husband on either of his two cellphones on Saturday night.
“At around 11 pm I decided to take a drive from our house in Merrivale [Howick] to see if he was in our Mafakatini home.
“When I saw police lights flashing, I put on my hazard lights to warn other road users.
“A police officer told me there had been an ATM bombing and that the road had been closed,” she said.
Manqele said she then drove back to her home in Merrivale. “The children told me that I was just stressing over nothing.
“When I woke up at about 6 am, I decided to call his cell again. At about 8 am I got the call from Induna Matiwane, who asked, ‘where is Induna Manqele’ and I told him he did not come home last night.
“He told me that he had heard people saying my husband was wounded in a shooting in Mpophomeni,” she said.
Manqele said she did not understand why her husband would use his bakkie, with personalised plates, if he was going to commit a crime. “His car is well known here. There are also cameras at ATMs.
“What we are seeing in print media and social networks is very sad. I have young children who will be going back to school in January.
“How are they going to face the other children, knowing that their father has been described in this way?”