On the fateful day of 27th October 2023, tragedy struck Uthimna Manyakanyaka after she was shot dead near eMsindweni, located alongside Baden Powell Drive in Cape Town. The victim of this tragic incident is a 19-year-old individual who found herself in a horrifying situation.
Uthimna Manyakanyaka was allegedly engaged in a phone conversation when an enigmatic red Polo Viva pulled up beside her. The driver, whose identity remains unknown, disembarked from the vehicle and initiated a brief conversation with Uthimna. Little did she know this encounter would take a sinister turn.
Uthimna Manyakanyaka was shot in cold blood.
Without warning, the mysterious driver reportedly brandished a firearm, opening fire on Uthimna with multiple shots. The sudden burst of violence left her in a state of shock and agony while the assailant swiftly made his escape from the scene.
Uthimna Manyakanyaka was immediately rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Her life hung in the balance as medical professionals worked tirelessly to stabilize her condition. The community anxiously awaited news of her recovery, hoping for a miracle.
Uthimna loses her life after a brief struggle.
Despite the efforts of the medical staff, Uthimna succumbed to her gunshot wounds on 28th October 2023, just one day after the brutal attack. Her tragic passing left a void in the hearts of her loved ones and the entire community. The Tygerberg Hospital’s intensive care unit became the site of her heartbreaking farewell.
Police working with the community to catch the killer
As of now, no one has been apprehended in connection with this act of violence. The local law enforcement agencies have launched an intensive investigation into the murder of Uthimna Manyakanyaka, striving to bring the perpetrator to justice.
Organizations and individuals have shared the incident on X and are working hand in hand with the police to catch the killer. News outlets have shared the unfortunate story while Women For Change is actively helping to seek justice for Uthimna.
Uthimna Manyakanyaka will be laid to rest on 11th November in Thembisa.