With two months left before moving into his new house, Bongani Evens Mtlhavani was found dead in a river between Tswalepelo and Duduza’s informal settlement in Tembisa on Sunday.
Mtlhavani was a campaign manager at Media24’s advertising sales division, Adspace24, and was renting a flat in Johannesburg.
His family said he was found dead in Tembisa after he was last seen at a tavern. The 33-year-old held a National Diploma in Journalism which he obtained at Tshwane University of Technology in 2009. At the time of his death, he was doing his fourth and final year in Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
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His grieving family said Mtlhavani, originally from Siyandhani Village in Giyani, Limpopo, had recently purchased his first house in Protea Glen, Soweto. His older brother Audrey added that he was preparing and looking forward to moving to his new house in June. He had begun making arrangements for his belongings to be moved from Berea, Johannesburg.
“We are in total shock and disbelief. We are drained. We are trying hard to come to terms with this tragedy. We are trying to make the best of the situation and to ensure that he is laid to rest peacefully,” said Audrey.
The circumstances surrounding the death are unclear, but the police have two suspects in custody who were allegedly last seen dancing with Mtlhavani at a tavern in Tembisa. It is alleged that Mtlhavani, who was gay, left with a female friend who showed him where he could sleep and avoid driving to Berea at night.
As Mtlhavani walked back to the tavern, it is alleged that the jealous boyfriend killed him. The other version is that he was killed in a robbery because his belongings were missing.
Source: News24, The Bharat Express News, image from the Bharat Express News of Bongani Evens Mtlhavani