Gauteng provincial police were not able to provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the murder of Jabu Baloyi, stating they were not obligated to provide details on the case to the media.
Baloyi, a local taxi driver, was killed by drug peddlers in 2019.
Approached for comment, police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said she could not give feedback to the media as the complainant was in contact with the investigating officer.
“We are not obliged to give feedback to the media, but only to the complainant.”
Baloyi’s widow, Mpho, however, claims the family were still in the dark on the case as they sought justice three years later.
Baloyi was allegedly shot dead by a foreign national he had confronted for apparently selling drugs at the Bloed Street taxi rank.
His death sparked widespread outrage in the city, during which businesses owned by foreign nationals were looted and burnt by taxi drivers.
During his visit to the family in 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Baloyi had become a major symbol of taking a stand against drugs, and in doing so he sacrificed his life.
Ramaphosa said that Baloyi felt very strongly against the peddling and abuse of drugs in communities.
“He sought to stop that and in the course of doing that he was killed.”
Mpho said her life is still stuck as she still doesn’t know who murdered her husband.
She described her husband as a caring man and a man who loved his family.
“I knew him for more than 23 years, I miss the way that he treated us as a family, I miss the way he showed his love to us. He was a caring man.”
Mpho said the only thing she thinks might give her closure is if her husband’s murderer was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment.
“I still ask myself how someone could be shot in daylight but no one sees anything? This hurts me a lot.
“The only thing that could bring peace to me is seeing the person who murdered my husband being prosecuted. I still wonder what the person who killed my husband looks like.”
Mpho said her children also feel the pain because they miss their father.
“The youngest one misses her father so much. Sometimes when she is playing with her friends and they mention their fathers, she just keeps quiet but I can see that she is hurting.
“It has been three years since it happened. I know the police say they are still investigating but what I want is justice for my husband. This could make me rest in peace the day the Almighty calls my name.”
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