Man nabbed for sib­lings’ mur­der

Mother re­lives kids’ last mo­ments be­fore van­ish­ing

Sowetan - - News - By Nonku­l­uleko Njilo

A month af­ter the de­com­posed bod­ies of two sib­lings were dis­cov­ered in Slovoville‚ Soweto‚ a man be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for their grue­some killing was ap­pre­hended in Mpumalanga‚ po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day.

The sib­lings went miss­ing on Septem­ber 14 while play­ing out­side their home in Tshep­isong‚ Kag­iso, on the West Rand.

Po­lice made a break­through when they ar­rested a man‚ be­lieved to be their mother’s ex-boyfriend.

“The man‚ aged 47‚ was ar­rested last night af­ter he was spot­ted near Nel­spruit‚” said po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini.

The man‚ be­lieved to be a Mozam­bi­can na­tional‚ had been iden­ti­fied as the main sus­pect by po­lice as he was the last per­son seen with the chil­dren.

They were later dis­cov­ered by a passerby buried in shal­low graves with their hands tied‚ some 10km from their home.

The chil­dren‚ Elam‚ a girl aged 9‚ and Muzi‚ a boy aged 8‚ lived with their mother Andiswa Ndibi‚ 33‚ at their fam­ily home.

Ndibi told Sowe­tan’s sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion TimesLIVE how her life has changed for the worse since her chil­dren’s mur­ders.

She re­called the last mo­ments of her chil­dren play­ing in the house – the build­ing it­self a painful re­minder of what had hap­pened.

“I don’t think I will be able to stay in this house again‚” she said.

“They were in­sep­a­ra­ble‚ they loved and fought for each other‚” she added.

Dlamini re­vealed that the sus­pect would ap­pear in the Kag­iso mag­is­trate’s court on Mon­day.

“He will be ap­pear­ing on charges of dou­ble mur­der and kid­nap­ping‚” he said.

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