Killed in prime of life

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

I write this with a very heavy heart. Tomorrow we will bid farewell to my little brother who was shot dead last Saturday.

The family is still in shock because we don't know why our family was targeted on September 29 at our home in Lefiso village in Marapyane, Mpumalanga.

We will never forget the night when our lives changed forever. At the end of the random shooting, Phineas Mpintsi Moselakgomo, 28, lay dead. My other brother, Joseph, 41, who was shot twice in the neck and his wife, Maria, 38, who was shot once in leg, are recovering in hospital.

Two of five gunmen stormed into our home at 8pm. They ordered Joseph's first born, Thuso, 16, to show them where his father was. Three other men waited outside. The men in the house grabbed Thuso by the scruff of his neck and when they entered the dining room where we were having supper, they started shooting randomly, without saying a word. Phineas, who was standing, was hit and when we realised that the gunmen meant business, we dived under the tables and hid behind sofas. There were eight people in the room. After the gunmen had left and everybody came out of their hiding places, Phineas was dead.

Born on June 20, 1979, Phineas was the last born of the late Junkie and Pauline Moselakgomo. He attended school at Lefiso Primary and then Dikgabo Combined before going to Malatse High School where he matriculated in 1997.

In 1998, he became a chef at Blue Crane Hotel in Pretoria. He worked there for two years. While working there, Phineas enrolled for a bookkeeping course at Tshwane North College.

He was an administrative clerk in the accounts section of the Atteridgeville magistrate's court, where he worked since 2004.

He is survived by his daughter Nthabeleng, mother, two brothers and two sisters. He will be buried tomorrow at Lefiso cemetery. The service at home starts at 7am.