Third murder suspect in court
Malawian traditional healer Ali Yusaf allegedly requested the blood of victim’s father’s relative for muti purposes
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.