‘I am empty’ – loved ones inconsolable at memorial of Ferrari driver who died in hail of bullets

A 41-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were shot dead while driving in Soweto.

A 41-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were shot dead while driving in Soweto.

  • Loved ones of a Soweto born businessman were left heartbroken following his death.
  • Friends and family of Warren Muzi Nzama were inconsolable during the virtual streaming of the memorial service.
  • Nzama died in a hail of bullets, along with a female passenger on Sunday.

There was not a dry eye on the stage at the memorial of a businessman who died after a hail of bullets hit his Ferrari in Soweto on Sunday.

The man has since been identified as Warren Muzi Nzama, 41.

Nzama was traveling in his red Ferrari with an unidentified 21-year-old woman passenger when a Toyota Etios blocked them on the corner of Chris Hani and Klipvalley Road on Sunday at about 22:00.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo – who did not identify either of the deceased – said the Toyota had an unknown number of occupants, who fired several bullets at the red Ferrari before speeding off.

Nzama and the passenger died at the scene.

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Nzama’s wife and children were visibly emotional in the front row of the service streamed virtually on Thursday, as loved ones shared their fondest memories of him.

A friend, who identified himself as Victor Mashinini, said he had been robbed of someone dear to him.

He said:

Whoever did it, he took everything I had. He was more than a brother to me. I don’t even know what to say. I am empty.

The businessman was described as an ambitious man who brought every single one of his goals to fruition.

His friend told the congregation that Nzama dreamt of owning a bank that would empower black people.

“I asked him if this is possible, and he said he will be doing it. He promised me that he would be with me today on my birthday, [but] someone took him from me,” Mashinini added, before he broke down on the podium.

Another of Nzama’s friends, who identified himself as Tshepo, said he was shattered after Nzama’s death.

“I know this boy from an early age. I don’t know what to say because part of me has gone, part of my life is shattered,” he said.

Nzama was born in Soweto on 15 January 1980.

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He began his career at an engineering firm as a technician, and then he later joined the public broadcaster as a logistics and transport manager.

He then jumped into entrepreneurship and started his own logistics company in 2008. He later expanded into other industries such as property investment, mining, and plant hire through Nzama Consulting – a company founded by him and his wife.

He is survived by his wife, four children, his mother, siblings, and extended family.

The funeral was due to take place on Friday morning.

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