Ar­rest af­ter head­less body found

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIBONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

A 39-YEAR- OLD woman has been ar­rested fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a head­less body with miss­ing arms in Don­ny­brook near Ix­opo.

The body of Nomthandazo Dlamini, 22, was dis­cov­ered on Septem­ber 10 af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily when she failed to re­turn home.

The po­lice said Dlamini had been seen by her fam­ily with the un­known woman, who had fetched her from the fam­ily home. South African Po­lice Ser­vice spokesper­son Thu­lani Zwane said: “It ap­peared that she was chopped with a bush knife, both arms and her head were miss­ing.”

A case of mur­der was im­me­di­ately opened and a few hours later, the sus­pect, who can­not be named at this stage, was ar­rested.

“She took the po­lice to where the arms were left. Only one arm was found and the sec­ond arm and the head are still miss­ing. The mo­tive for the killing is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.”

It is not yet clear whether this was a muti killing or not.

The 39-year- old sus­pect is due to reap­pear in the Ix­opo Mag­is­trate’s Court fac­ing a mur­der charge on Septem­ber 18 where she is ex­pected to ap­ply for bail.

The mur­der was con­demned by pro­vin­cial act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Ma­jGen Bheki Langa.

“It is un­be­liev­able that a woman can at­tack and kill an­other woman in such a cruel man­ner. Our de­tec­tives will thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate this case and find out the root cause of such a killing,” Langa said.

The mur­der comes at a time when the prov­ince has been gripped by a num­ber of muti-re­lated killings, most no­tably the Est­court can­ni­bal­ism case where tra­di­tional healer Nino Mbatha was charged with mur­der fol­low­ing his con­fes­sion that he was tired of con­sum­ing hu­mans. He is al­leged to have used hu­man body parts to make muti for his clients.

GRUE­SOME: The po­lice have ar­rested a woman seen with mur­der vic­tim Nomthandazo Dlamini be­fore she dis­ap­peared.

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