River ‘sui­cide’ shock for fam­ily

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - BHONGO JA­COB

SUI­CIDE is sus­pected af­ter the body of a Mlungisi woman was found in the Komani River on Satur­day morn­ing.

The woman has been iden­ti­fied as Noxolo Mcwabeni, 37. Her mother, Looi Mcwabeni, said the fam­ily was in shock.

“We do not know why she did this. She did not say any­thing to any­one.”

She said her daugh­ter had be­haved strangely on Wed­nes­day.

“A few days be­fore her death, she started to have vi­sions that there were peo­ple who wanted to kill her. We took her to a tra­di­tional healer. She was given tra­di­tional medicine but never used it and then sud­denly on Satur­day she just got up and ran to­wards the river.’’

Res­i­dents tried to stop her but, “she went into the river – and that is where she died”.

An eye wit­ness said po­lice ar­rived much later. “The res­i­dents tried to search for her, but in vain. The po­lice called divers from East Lon­don and Port El­iz­a­beth. They took out the body in the af­ter­noon.”

Res­i­dent Pumelelo Canti said it was the third drown­ing in the river since 2015. “In 2015, an 11-year-old boy drowned while swim­ming with friends. Last year, a guy was be­ing chased by com­mu­nity mem­bers af­ter he snatched a bag. When he tried to cross the river, he drowned.”

Eastern Cape po­lice spokesman lieu­tenant Khaya Ton­jeni said po­lice had lodged an in­quest.

Pic­ture: BHONGO JA­COB

MOURN­ING: Looi Mcwabeni whose daugh­ter drowned in the Komani River

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