Man (24) robbed and killed in Vanderbijlpark cemetery

VANDERBIJLPARK – A 24-year-old man, Paballo Mahloane, was found dead with gunshot wounds at the Vanderbijlpark cemetery, a few meters from his home.

This shocking discovery left his family in shock and deep grief.

Paballo was last seen by his family Friday afternoon as he left his home to visit friends in Sharpeville.

When he didn’t return home in the evening, his family became increasingly worried.

Unfortunately, their worst fears were confirmed the next morning.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Paballo’s mother received a devastating phone call informing her of his lifeless body found in the cemetery.

The grief-stricken family quickly rushed to the scene, only to be confronted with a horrific sight.

Paballo’s body lay on the ground, marked by a gunshot wound to the back of his arm, with two spent cartridges found next to his body.

Talk to Sedibeng SterDavid Mahloane, Paballo’s cousin and family spokesperson, expressed the deep sadness and disbelief that grips the family.

“She was a loving and kind person, always smiling and full of life. Losing him in such a violent way is unbearable. We always read such stories in the media and only then will you feel the pain of these grieving families. Today, the same dark cloud hangs over our family and we are all devastated,” he added.

“His mother is heartbroken. We don’t understand why this happened. If I could bear his pain, I would. She raised me and not a single day have I seen her so marked,” he said.

The Mahloane family, who are struggling to accept their loss, hope that justice will be done.

“We want answers. We want to know who did this and why. Paballo deserves this. He did not deserve to die so brutally,” David stressed.

According to Vanderbijlpark police spokesperson Sergeant Sabelo Sigcu, police have opened a murder case and launched an investigation into the incident.

“It is alleged that the deceased was found lying at Vanderbijlpark cemetery with an open wound to his rear shoulder covered in blood. The suspects are currently unknown,” Sigcu said.