Tragic end for Cape man following hijacking

Ncedile Daki, a Handspring Puppet Company employee & youth leader, was hijacked & murdered last Sunday.

The late Ncedile Daki. Picture: handspringpuppet.co.za

CAPE TOWN - The Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town says it’s deeply saddened following the death of one of its employees.

Ncedile Daki was hijacked and murdered last Sunday.

"Early last Sunday morning he was returning to his home after a party when he was cruelly gunned down and his car was stolen. Wounded, he ran from his attackers but he succumbed more or less immediately," the company said in a statement.

The 27-year-old from Masiphumelele had made a name for himself in the theatre industry, especially through the company's renowned War Horse production.

Daki joined Handspring in 2011 where he started with simple tasks, like bending and binding cane for the horse puppets for the award-winning stage production War Horse.

His work quickly improved and by 2014, he was chosen as a backstage technician with the War Horse tour of South Africa.

Daki was also co-founder of the Masiphumelele Youth Development. The group's first production, Qhawe, went to the National Arts Festival and was the recipient of a Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award in 2015.

The company has described him as a generous and kind person.

Ncedile was born on 1 September 1990 in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape. He went to Isilimela Comprehensive School in Langa, Cape Town. He is survived by his parents who reside in the Eastern Cape and by his five sisters: Noluvuyo, Cikizwa, Thandiwe, Fezeka and Ntombizodwa.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)