The two friends opened a car wash in the parking lot of a church close to where they lived in Langa, in an area called New Flats. Five years later, they have one of the busiest car wash services in Langa with regular customers, GroundUp reported. The business is named Mzeewheeler All Purpose Cleaner, a combination of Mjayezi's name and Makalima's nickname – "Wheeler", because of his wheelchair. 'Gained independence' Before the stabbing, Makalima worked cleaning and cutting fish in a restaurant. After that incident he survived on a social grant.
"With this car wash I have gained my independence, making my own living and doing things that I didn't think I would be able to do," says Makalima. Mjayezi worked as a boilermaker for an engineering company. When his contract ended, it was not renewed because he didn't have the necessary qualification.