Bulelani Vukwana
Birth name Bulelani Vukwana
Occupation Security guard
Born ca. 1973

February 9, 2002(2002-02-09) (aged 29)
Mdantsane, South Africa

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date February 9, 2002
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (SAST)
Location(s) Mdantsane, South Africa
Killed 11
Injured 6
Weapon(s) Two 9mm pistols

Bulelani Vukwana (also identified as Bulelani Vukwane) was a South African security guard who killed eleven people and injured a further six in Mdantsane, a township near East London, South Africa on February 9, 2002, before committing suicide.


Bulelani Vukwana crime scene

Police at the crime scene near the Mbenya-home.

In the evening of February 9, 2002 29-year old Vukwana, who worked as a security guard for Gray Security Services, arrived at the home of his girlfriend Noluvuyo Mbenya, who apparently had ended their relationship 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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

After a while Vukwana 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.[5]

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.

Vukwana promised Mrs. Phantsi he would not 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.[1]

Bulelani Vukwana body

Police examine Vukwana's body.

With his newly obtained pistol the gunman sped off in Phantsis' pick-up truck, driving to Ma Radebe's shebeen about 50 meters from the Mbenya home, where he killed one man, 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.[1][5]

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, Vukwana ended his murder spree by shooting himself in the head.[1][6]




  • Noluvuyo Mbenya, Vukwana's girlfriend
  • Maxanjana Mbenya, father of Noluvuyo Mbenya
  • Thami Jali
  • Madoda Makwedinana
  • Kwanele Matroko, 18
  • Silyami Matthews
  • Mawethu Mqala, 28, deceased in hospital
  • Lulamile Phantsi
  • Siseko Skade
  • Zingisa Stemele
  • Luyanda Zidumbu


  • Fuzile Konono, 54
  • Nozukile Mengu, 49
  • Mfundo Mooi, 18, sustained spinal injuries, leaving him paralyzed
  • Lindiwe Ntoni, 45
  • Ntombizanele Ntweni, 25
  • Nosisi Skweyiya, 59
  • Mlandiseli Nazo, 42, fractured his ankle when fleeing from Vukwana


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