Things You Didn’t Know About Bobo Mchunu and His Death
In this article, we’ll be discussing things you didn’t know about Bobo Mchunu. Andile “Bobo” Mchunu is a 16-year-old South African boy from Hambanathi, Tongaat that went missing on 28 April after he was filmed being beaten at a lodge for stealing alcohol. Andile “Bobo” Mchunu’s dead body was found in Newton River on 07 May 2020 after more than a week he went missing. Suspects involved in the case were arrested. One of the suspects who were in possession of the phone that shot the video confessed to his mother who in turn reported the matter to police. All you need to know about Bobo Mchunu with respect to his death has been detailed for you here.
Andile was reported missing by his family nearly two weeks ago after he was kidnapped by a group of men who accused him of stealing alcohol from a tavern in Hambanathi, Tongaat. The men led the teenager back to the tavern where he was severely assaulted. His sister was called to the scene but was told to turn back and fetch clothes for him because he was soaking wet. When she returned, they told her he had run away despite the video circulating showing Andile unconscious and unable to move. You’ll have to read further below in order to still know about Bobo Mchunu.
What do We Have to Know About Bobo Mchunu?
Below consists of some few details to know about Bobo Mchunu:
- Andile “Bobo” Mchunu is a South African who was born in the year 2004 (aged 16 years).
- He came from Hambanathi, Tongaat in South Africa.
- Andile’s father and mother are not yet known but his sister tried to get him from the lodge but was told to go back and fetch new clothes for him. When she returned she was told he had run away.
- He was accused of stealing alcohol from a tavern in Hambanathi, Tongaat.
- On the 28th of April, Andile was later reported missing by his family after he was kidnapped by a group of men.
- Andile “Bobo” Mchunu’s dead body was found in Newton River on 07 May 2020 after more than a week he went missing.
How His Death Surfaced
- Everything started when Bobo Mchunu was accused of stealing alcohol and money from a tavern in Hambanathi, Tongaat.
- Following the brutal beating, which was recorded and spread across social media, Mchunu’s sister arrived at the residence and begged for his release. According to locals, the mob agreed that Mchunu would be set free but first demanded that his sister returns with a clean set of clothes.
- When Mchunu’s sister returned, the mob claimed that the teenager had escaped and was missing.
- Later, video footage showing a severely injured boy (Andile) lying in an empty room was leaked online. A baseball bat, whips and sticks were seen on the floor. The producer of the video could be seen taunting the teenager in the video.
- Andile’s family was tracked through a missing person’s poster. They confirmed that it was Andile in the video and believed that he had succumbed to his injuries and in an attempt to cover up the murder his attackers dumped his body.
- Police and residents of Hambanathi formed a search team. Bushes and river banks were searched for several days without success. On Friday morning (08 May 2020) human remains were discovered along Wewe River. The remains were sent for analysis and it is yet to be confirmed if it is Andile. Family and members of the community gathered at the scene and wept uncontrollably while Police Search and Rescue retrieved the body.
- Upon the announcement of his death, the nation has been gripped by events that led to the untimely death of the 16-year-old Andile Mchunu. After video footage was leaked online, people called for #JusticeForBobo and the community where Andile lived were seeking for justice on the perpetrators.
- Six men believed to be linked to the murder were taken in for questioning by Police. Angry residents mobilized and burnt the tavern in which Andlile was tortured in.
- Investigations into the murder are ongoing. The call for justice for Andile is still trending on Twitter.
- South Africans, outraged over the alleged vigilante killing of 16-year-old Andile ‘Bobo’ Mchunu has called for swift and decisive action from law enforcement.
Bonus Tip – South African Social Security Agency Relief Fund
SASSA Relief fund is kind of a fund set aside by the South African government in order to further to curb the effect of the Covid-19 to the vulnerable and unemployed South Africans.
According to South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, “This new emergency grant was aimed at people who are currently unemployed and do not receive any other form of social grant or Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payment”.
Many South Africans who had informal livelihoods have now been without income for almost two months. Many others, who were already unemployed and dependent on others, may also be struggling because the earnings of those on whom they depend have fallen or stopped.
Now, we’ll be detailing you on necessary things needed for the SASSA Relief Fund below:
- Applicants must be South African by Nationality
- Must be above 18 years of age
- Currently unemployed
- The person must not be receiving any income
- Not receiving any social grant
- Not receiving any unemployment benefits and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
- Must not be receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme
- Not residing in a government-funded or subsidized institution.
- National Identity Number
- Full Name as it is written in the ID
- Gender and Disability
- Bank details, which comprises Bank Name and Account Number
- Contact details
- Proof of Residential Address
Given the fact that SASSA has about 9,000 employees, several hundred local offices in addition to its national, ‘regional’ (provincial) and district offices, Applicants are therefore required to go to their nearest SASSA office with the required documentation and lodge their application.
In the first quarter of 2019, SASSA received just over 150,000 new applications for social grants per month, most of which were approved quickly. Because the process requires applicants to submit a range of documents, it excludes the significant numbers of potential applicants who cannot access them.
Moreover, SASSA’s local offices – which were closed for the first seven weeks of the lockdown – are now operating with a skeleton staff (in line with social distancing regulations entirely different application process).
- Having received applications, SASSA must verify that the applicants are indeed eligible. The various application mechanisms generate data that should be easy to search electronically. There are six obvious government databases with which applications might be compared. A comparison with SASSA’s own database should reveal whether applicants are receiving any other grant. A comparison with the Home Affairs database (HANIS) will confirm that the applicant is eligible in terms of age and citizenship status. Comparison with the databases of the UIF, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will reveal whether the applicant gets income from any of these sources. And, finally, comparison with SARS’s database of people registered for tax purposes will reveal if the claimant was until recently informal employment and thus, at least, eligible for UIF support if he or she lost his or her income.
- It has been reported that SASSA has proposed two other verification procedures. First, SASSA considered matching the mobile number provided by an applicant against other government databases as a way of its verification process. According to the report, SASSA confirmed that any applicant who had previously provided one mobile number to an institution such as the SARS or the UIF and applied for the new Covid-19 grant using another different number would be automatically scraped out.
- It was also reported that there would be some kind of check on how many applicants were received from each household. SASSA CEO Memela has said that the new grant would be limited to two people per household. She also said that address details were needed “so that we can get a sense of how many people are applying in one particular homestead because that is going to be critical for us to keep control”.
- The application form for email applications requires that applicants consent to SASSA verifying information not only through other government databases but also through data from financial institutions including “past and present bank accounts, stock holdings and any other financial records relevant to the application”. I imagine that accessing data from banks and other financial institutions could not be done on an automated basis but would need some human oversight, which is likely to be beyond SASSA’s capacity except in a small number of cases.
- On 1 May, SASSA said that the process from application to approval would take two or three working days. In its previous test run, SASSA found that about one in nine Whatsapp app was invalid because the applicant was already receiving other grants. Half the email applications were invalid, although it was not entirely clear why. As early as Thursday 14 May, a SASSA spokesperson reportedly said that as many as 60% of the first one million applications were from people who didn’t qualify, or were duplicates.