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Heartless killers partially castrate ‘humble’ taxi man


In a shocking twist to the murders in Walmer township on Thursday, it has emerged that one of the victims was partially castrated.
Taxi driver Zandile Tulman, 25, was attacked in his room in Siqcawu Street in the early hours of the morning and killed.
Police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu said on Friday besides being shot three times and hit on the head with a spade, Tulman had been “partially castrated”.
This detail had not been included in Thursday’s police report because there had been a lot of blood and forensic evidence was needed before it could be established, she said.
On Friday morning, Tulman’s family gathered at the scene at 8107 Siqcawu Street in Area Q, trying to make sense of the horrifying incident.
A family spokesperson who asked not to be named said none of them had any idea who was responsible or what the motive was.
“No-one can ask. They are too scared,” he said.
At the Rasta Two Shop a short distance down Siqcawu Street, the owners indicated they knew about the shooting but that the shop had been closed when it happened and they had nothing further to say.
Questions were referred to a group of teenagers, who simply shook their heads.
The spokesperson for Tulman’s family said he had no idea how the family was going to survive going forward.
“We don’t even know how we are going to pay for the funeral for Zandile. He was a taxi driver at the Walmer taxi rank and the breadwinner for us.
“He was so humble. He loved to work for his family.”
The family showed Weekend Post the remains of the door to Tulman’s room which was almost completely destroyed as the attackers charged in.
Besides a threadbare mattress, the only other item in the small dark room was a framed Club Leisure Group corporate award hanging above the bed.
The family said Tulman had found it on a rubbish tip and had hung it there to inspire himself.
Naidu said on Thursday afternoon the police had arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of Tulman and Anele Matshaba, 28.
She said Matshaba had been dragged out of his shack, also in Area Q, and attacked. He died from head injuries and a gunshot wound to his body.
The same suspects had then proceeded to Siqcawu Street where, half an hour later, they allegedly killed Tulman.
Naidu said the four suspects had been arrested in a shack in Airport Valley a few hours after the Tulman killing, and three firearms and suspected stolen property were recovered at another shack.
Three of the men were already on a wanted list and police would be investigating their possible involvement in other cases of murder, attempted murder and a business robbery.
Naidu said the police’s understanding was that Tulman was not a taxi driver but in fact a guardjie, or taxi fee collector.
There was no information yet available as to whether Matshaba had also been working in the taxi industry.
Siqcawu Street ends on the western edge of Walmer township near Victoria Drive.
In October, the body of Momie Mnonco was found on a Victoria Drive construction site with a shotgun lying next to him.
Police said after that incident that Mnonco’s possible involvement in small, medium and micro enterprises was being investigated in connection with the murder.
Naidu said on Friday there was no link between this incident and the latest murders, judging from the arrests that had already been made.

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