Slain actress Thandeka Mdeliswa 'victim of gender-based violence', says family
South Africans have responded with shock and anger over the shooting of actress Thandeka Mdeliswa, with her family stating that her death was allegedly “another incident of violence against women”.
In a statement shared on social media Thandeka's family said the star had been shot in Evander, Mpumalanga, last week and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria where she died on Saturday.
“It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our dearest daughter. She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga, on Thursday, September 3 2020.
“She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilised, then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the September 5 2020 (Saturday).”
The statement said that circumstances around her death were still under investigation by police, but added that she was a victim of gender-based violence.
“The brutality which was inflicted on our daughter has left us deeply hurt. This is another incident of violence against women (gender-based violence) which our country has to fight against. We believe justice will be served.”
Thandeka acted in several local productions including iKani, eKasi: Our Stories and the film Uthando Lukayisa.
“She was a young, talented and inspirational actress which her family and community were [hoping] to see flourish. We had a lot of expectations for her,” the statement added.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
Thandeka's death has sent shock waves across the nation, with many taking to social media to pay tribute to the star and offer their condolences to her family.
Others called for justice and urged police to investigate the circumstances around her death with urgency.
We took this picture back in 2017, it was both our profile pictures for the longest time... Little did we know that the same dark cloud would sweep you away 💔I'm deeply shocked and angered by your death 😭Till we meet again #RIPThandekaMdeliswa pic.twitter.com/IbnfLRED8w— Tshepiso Shikwambane (@T_Shikwambane) September 6, 2020
A young talent gone too soon. I watched her last week on Mzansi Magic in a short film called Ntombi ka Yise— Sibusiso Ngwale (Young Steez) (@sibusiso_ngwale) September 6, 2020
My condolences go out to her family and friends
May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace 💔💔💔💔🙏🙏🙏🙏#RIPThandekaMdeliswa https://t.co/2Khn8WZ3dx