Nokuphila Kumalo

Age: 23 years

Date: April 13, 2013

Location: Ravenscraig Road, Woodstook, Cape Town

Born in Kimberley on February 11, 1991, Nokuphila or “Ntombie”, as she was nicknamed, grew up in the home of her aunt, Ruth Mias, while her mother Eva Khumalo worked in Cape Town. When she was eight, Nokuphila moved to Gugulethu.

She went to Intshinga Primary and Bantu Mketsu, who taught her isiXhosa, natural sciences and life orientation, described her as well behaved. She played netball and excelled as a sprinter. She also sang in the choir and was a member of the Amy Biehl Foundation’s Girl Guides.

When she was 14, Nokuphila moved in with relatives Nomhle Ngqase and Siyabulele Ngqase. Ngqase said the two girls often talked about their futures.

“Ntombie wanted to be a doctor,” she said.

But after completing Grade 10, Nokuphila dropped out. Ngqase said Nokuphila went out with friends and often did not return until the next day.

According to police, Nokuphila had been living on the streets and was involved in drugs and prostitution.

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Police say they also have an eyewitness who identified Mthethwa, claiming that he stopped his car, approached Kumalo, and began hitting her. Once she fell to the ground, he kicked her. She died there.

Mthethwa has had solo exhibitions at numerous institutions, including the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and his work has been shown at the International Center of Photography, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Venice and São Paulo biennials, among other places. He’s represented in New York by Jack Shainman Gallery

Mthethwa got a 18 year sentence in June 2017.


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