Arrest after headless body found
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.