She made breakfast for her boyfriend and kissed him good bye as he left for work on Tuesday morning. That was the last kiss Du Noon resident Bukiwe Nocanda, 26, would ever give to 35-year-old Ali Banda.Banda, a Malawian national, was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon when three men robbed the Four Ways spaza shop in Du Noon where he worked.
In exchange for Banda’s life, the men took R3000, three cartons of cigarettes, airtime vouchers and a cellphone.
Nocanda, who shared a one-roomed shack with Banda, said he was the breadwinner and on Tuesday morning, as always, she made him porridge and kissed him goodbye.
She said she tried to call him at 3pm that day but he did not pick up his phone.
“Later, I saw people looking at me strangely. Another man came and told me my boyfriend has been shot.”
“I have known him for a year. I’m heart broken,” she said, before breaking down in tears.
Amid her sobs, she said Banda only earned R1 000 a month working at the store and had told her he was looking for another job.
A friend of Banda’s, who had been talking to him outside the shop before the robbery, and asked that his name not be published as he feared retribution from the killers, said Banda had gone inside the shop to serve the men who had walked inside. Shortly afterwards he heard a gun shot and saw the three men walking out with cartons of cigarettes.
“The guys fled on foot. I entered the shop and saw Banda lying in a pool of blood,” he said.
Owner of the shop, Ethiopian Tagess Chonchore said a co-worker told him three men came into the shop and simply shot Banda while they held him at gunpoint and stole money and goods.
Milnerton Police station spokesperson Warrant Officer Daphne Dell confirmed the murder and robbery and said police were investigating.
She said three unknown males entered the Four Ways shop and shot Banda on the chest killing him instantly. — Peter Luhanga, West Cape News