(also referred to as Bulelani Vukwane) was a South African spree
killer who, after a quarrel with his girlfriend, shot to death 11 people
and injured a further 6 in Mdantsane township, near East London, on
February 9, 2002, before committing suicide.
In the evening of February 9, 2002 29-year old
Bulelani Vukwana, who worked as a security guard for Gray Security
Services, arrived at the home of his girlfriend Noluvuyo Mbenya, who
apparently had dumped him earlier, to persuade her to come back to him.
As she refused to see him, enraged Vukwana went to a nearby shebeen,
arriving there at about 8:30pm, and wounded the owner Nosisi Skweyiya,
by shooting her in the buttocks when she opened the door. He then went
to the back of the bar, shot another man dead, and afterwards returned
to his girlfriend's house, where a family function was in progress.
A friend persuaded Ms. Mbenya to go out and talk to
Vukwana, but when she opened the door, he shot her point blank in the
head, killing her instantly. The drunk gunman also murdered her father
who came to investigate the cause of the hubbub, as well as another man,
and, shouting "I have now come to finish it!", he chased her family back
into their house, where they locked themselves up, waiting for the
crazed man to leave.
After a while Vukwana indeed left the Mbenya house
and forced entry to the home of Lindiwe Ntoni next door, where he,
during a fight, hit her with the gun on the head, but failing to
overwhelm and shoot her, he left.
Back in the streets Vukwana hijacked a passing Golf,
forced the driver and three passengers out at gunpoint and drove back to
the shebeen, where he arrived at the same time as Lulamile Phantsi and
his wife, who were called for help. The gunman immediately shot at Mr.
Phantsi in his Isuzu, hitting him fatally in the neck.
Bulelani Vukwana promised Mrs. Phantsi not to kill
her, but forced her to go to the shebeen to look for someone whom he
believed had been interfering in his relationship with Noluvuyo, but
when no one opened they went back to her car, where he dragged out the
body and demanded Phantsi's gun and mobile phone.
With his newly obtained pistol the gunman sped off in
the Phantsis' pick-up truck, driving to Ma Radebe's shebeen about 50
meters from the Mbenya home, where he killed one man and injured another
person and finally started shooting randomly at motorists and
pedestrians killing several people including the driver of a passing car
and two passengers in another.
When he was spotted by police, Vukwana abandoned his
vehicle, fired several shots at the officers and made his way between
the houses in an attempt to escape. At about 10pm, realizing he was
cornered, Bulelani Vukwana ended his murder trail by shooting himself in
- Noluvuyo Mbenya, Vukwana's girlfriend
- Maxanjana Mbenya, father of Noluvuyo Mbenya
- Siseko Skade
- Thami Jali
- Madoda Makwedinana
- Silyami Matthews
- Zingisa Stemele
- Lulamile Phantsi
- Luyanda Zidumbu
- Kwanele Matroko, 18
- Mawethu Mqala, 28, deceased in hospital
- Lindiwe Ntoni, 45
- Nozukile Mengu, 49
- Ntombizanele Ntweni, 25
- Fuzile Konono, 54
- Nosisi Skweyiya, 59
- Mfundo Mooi, 18, sustained spinal injuries, leaving him
Mlandiseli Nazo, 42, fractured his ankle when fleeing from
Deadly shooting spree in S. Africa
The Las Vegas Sun
February 10, 2002
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Outraged at being dumped by
his girlfriend, a South African man shot and killed her and nine other
people before turning the gun on himself, police said Sunday.
Six others were seriously wounded in the shooting
spree by 29-year-old security guard Bulelani Vukwana on Saturday night
in the Mdantsane suburb of East London, about 560 miles east of Cape
Jilted guard kills 10
February 12, 2002
OUTRAGED at being dumped by his girlfriend, a security
guard shot her and nine other people dead, before turning the gun on
himself. Seven other people were also seriously injured in the weekend
shooting in East London, about 900km east of Cape Town.
Bulelani Vukwana, 29, and his girlfriend, Nulovuyo
Mbenya, had a fight on the weekend during which she ended their
relationship, said police Insp Stephen Marais.
Vukwana returned to Mbenya's house to try to persuade
her to come back to him, and after an argument he shot her head at close
Insp Marais said Vukwana then went to a bar next to
his girlfriend's house, and shot and wounded the owner.
He went to the back of the bar and shot another man
He returned to the street where he encountered
Lulamile Phantsi, who had been called to the scene to help, shot him in
the neck and made off in his pickup truck.
A short while later he returned to his girlfriend's
house, and killed her father, Maxanjana Mbenya.
"After that he went on a rampage and shot whoever
he could see," Insp Marais said. He fired at two cars, killing the
driver of one, and two passengers in another, before shooting at random
When police arrived, Vukwana fled in the pickup truck.
A short chase ensued and he abandoned the vehicle and ran away.
When Vukwana saw he could not escape the police, he
shot himself, witnesses said.
The injured were taken to hospital in East London,
where they were in serious but stable condition, Insp Marais said.
12th shooting victim dies, one
The Independent Online
February 12, 2002
The number of fatalities following a shooting massacre
in the Eastern Cape has risen to 12 (including the shooter) following
the death of another woman, and an 18-year-old survivor has been left
permanently paralysed from the waist down. Five other injured people are
out of danger and in stable condition in hospital.
An off-duty security guard who killed eleven people,
including himself, in a shooting spree in Mdantsane late yesterday
evening has been identified as Bulelani Vukwana (29). Vukwana, who was
employed by Gray Security Services in East London, was apparently meant
to report for overtime duties yesterday evening but did not arrive. His
running amok with two 9mm pistols is believed to have been triggered by
a failed relationship with his girlfriend, Noluvuyo Mbenya.
Those killed have been identified as Vukwana's
girlfriend, her father Maxanjana Mbenya, Siseko Skade, Thami Jali,
Madoda Makwedinana, Silyami Matthews, Zingisa Stemele, Lulamile Phantsi,
Luyanda Zidumbu and an unidentified man. Seven other people who
sustained various bullet wounds were admitted to Cecilia Makawane
Hospital and are reportedly in a serious but stable condition.
They are: Mawetu Mqalo (34), Nozukile Mengu (49),
Lindiwe Ntini (46), Ntombizanele Ntweni (25), Fuzile Konono (54), Nosisi
Skweyiya (59), and Mfundo Mooi (18). Inspector Stephen Marais, a police
spokesperson, says the shooting orgy started at Vukwana's girlfriend's
home at about 8.30pm when a party was in progress. He shot her at
close-range in the head, killing her instantly, after which he went to a
nearby shebeen where he shot Skweyiya in the buttocks as she opened the
Marais says Phantsi, who had been called to render
assistance, arrived at the scene with his wife. As he got out of his 4X4
vehicle, Vukwane shot him in the neck, killing him instantly. He then
demanded that Phantsi's wife hand over his firearm and told her he would
not kill her, but needed her assistance. After removing the firearm and
Phantsi's cellphone from the cubbyhole and dumping the body, she was
forced to accompany him to his girlfriend's home where he shot her
Abandoned vehicle found
It also appears that Vukwana hijacked a blue Golf,
forcing the driver and three passengers out at gunpoint. While driving,
Vukwana apparently opened fire randomly on anyone who came into his
path, killing a motorist and a number of pedestrians, says Marais.
Police have also found a blood-splattered red Nissan Sentra with no
occupant and the possibility that the driver was shot by Vukwana, but
managed to flee. Vukwana dumped the hijacked vehicle when he spotted
police officers, fired a number of shots in their direction then fled in
Marais says it appears that when Vukwana realised he
was cornered he shot himself in the head. Police found the firearm
stolen from Phantsi on Vukwana's body, but the firearm used to shoot his
girlfriend is still missing. Mike Bennett, a spokesperson for Gray
Security, has meanwhile confirmed that none of Gray's employees are
issued with firearms. He says the company will be releasing a press
statement as soon as all the facts are known.
'This was not my son'
Johannesburg - Seven people were still in serious
conditions in hospital after a shooting spree in Mdantsane, East London
which left 11 people dead on Saturday night, Eastern Cape police said on
Inspector Stephen Marais said 10 people were shot and
killed by an off-duty security guard, Bulelani Vukwana (29), before he
The seven injured people were all admitted to Cecilia
Makawane Hospital, where two are fighting for their lives in the
intensive care unit.
Marais said Vukwana's actions were apparently
triggered by a failed relationship with his girlfriend, Nolunuyo Mbenya.
The shooting spree, with two 9mm pistols, started at
Mbenya's house about 20:30.
Vukwana shot his girlfriend at close-range in the
head, killing her instantly, after which he went to a nearby shebeen
where he shot a woman as she opened the door.
Fire opened randomly at anyone in the way
Marais said a man, who had been called to render
assistance, arrived at the scene with his wife.
As he got out of his car, Vukwane shot him in the
neck, killing him instantly.
He then demanded the man's wife hand over her
husband's firearm, telling her she would come to no harm, but that he
needed her assistance.
After the firearm and a cellphone was removed from the
car and the body dumped, she was forced to accompany him back to his
girlfriend's home. On arrival there, he shot his girlfriend's father.
Vukwana allegedly also hijacked a blue Golf, forcing
the driver and three passengers out at gunpoint.
While driving, Vukwana apparently opened fire randomly
at anyone who crossed his path, killing a motorist and a number of
pedestrians, Marais said.
Police also found a blood-splattered red Nissan Sentra
with no occupant and the possibility existed that the driver was shot by
Vukwana, but managed to flee.
Vukwana abandoned the hijacked vehicle when he spotted
police officers, fired a number of shots in their direction and then
fled into a neighbourhood. Marais said it appeared that when Vukwana
realised he had been cornered, he shot himself in the head.
Vukwane's shattered father, Stotshulo Vukwane (48) who
travelled from Kidd's Beach on hearing the news, told the Daily Dispatch
newspaper he could not believe what his son had done.
"We last saw him on February 1 and he appeared to
be happy and content and never mentioned he was having problems with his
"When he left home he said he would see the
family at month-end. I am shocked, this was not my son as we knew
him," a distraught Vukwane said.
Mike Bennett, a spokesperson for Vukwana's employer,
Gray Security, said Vukwana failed to arrive for duty on Saturday
Bennett said none of their employees were issued with
firearms in order to prevent such incidents.
Vukwane had worked for Gray since October 1998.