Third mur­der sus­pect in court

Malaw­ian tra­di­tional healer Ali Yusaf al­legedly re­quested the blood of vic­tim’s fa­ther’s rel­a­tive for muti pur­poses

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - SI­BONGISENI MA­PHU­MULO news@the­

A THIRD per­son, Malaw­ian tra­di­tional healer Ali Yusaf, ap­peared in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of best friends Luyanda Msomi and Njab­ulo Mankayi from Clair­wood.

Amahle Maliwa, 28, and her friend Liziwe Ng­way­ishe, 33, have been ac­cused of em­ploy­ing the ser­vices of the tra­di­tional healer to make muti us­ing Njab­ulo’s blood so Maliwa could get back into his fa­ther’s favour.

Maliwa and Thandaza Mankayi, Njab­ulo’s fa­ther, were ap­par­ently hav­ing a se­cret af­fair but things be­came sour af­ter he de­cided to end the re­la­tion­ship.

The ac­cused then de­cided to seek re­venge and re­port­edly sought Yusaf’s help to re­gain her ex-lover’s af­fec­tion.

It is al­leged that Yusaf had re­quested the blood of Mankayi’s close rel­a­tive in order to make the muti stronger.

This led to the al­leged kid­nap and mur­der of Njab­ulo and Luyanda last Thurs­day.

All three ac­cused will reap­pear on Mon­day af­ter be­ing re­manded in cus­tody un­til they make their bail ap­pli­ca­tion. They are fac­ing two counts of mur­der, kid­nap­ping and as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The young vic­tims, Grade 3 pupils at Clair­wood Boys’ Pri­mary School, were re­ported miss­ing by their par­ents when they failed to re­turn home.

Af­ter a fran­tic search for the boys and the ar­rest of Maliwa on Satur­day, Luyanda’s body was re­cov­ered by the SAPS’ search and res­cue unit near the Clair­wood rail­way sta­tion af­ter the ac­cused told the po­lice where they had dumped the bod­ies.

It is al­leged that Luyanda had been stran­gled to death af­ter wit­ness­ing the mur­der of his best friend, Njab­ulo.

Njab­ulo’s body was re­cov­ered on Mon­day af­ter be­ing spot­ted by har­bour em­ploy­ees at Grunter Gully Canal in Bay­head near May­don Wharf in Dur­ban.

His fa­ther, Mankayi, said he was still an­gry about the mur­der of his son as part of some de­mented re­venge plan.

Mankayi, who has barely slept since the dis­ap­pear­ance of son, said they were re­lieved that his body had been found.

“We have hurt a lot, I can­not for­give her for what she (Maliwa) has done. As a par­ent when your child goes miss­ing you al­ways fear the worst but there’s al­ways that glim­mer of hope that they will be found alive and well.

“His mother and I will just have to take com­fort in the fact that his body has been found, we can lay him to rest,” Mankayi said.

RE­MANDED IN CUS­TODY: Dou­ble mur­der ac­cused Liziwe Ng­way­ishe and tra­di­tional healer Ali Yusaf ap­pear in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trates Court.

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