Shock find of body in dam angers Dongwe

The Rep - - NEWS - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

THE find of a man’s body whose gen­i­tals had al­legedly been re­moved in a dam near Whit­tle­sea, has an­gered the com­mu­nity of Dongwe.

A man who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said he had been un­able to sleep since he saw the body on Fri­day.

“I was tak­ing live­stock to graze around the dam and saw a hu­man head. I told an­other shep­herd. The old man said I must look closer and I took off my shoes and went to look.”

The man said the body’s gen­i­tals were gone and the body had only sur­faced be­cause the wa­ter was re­ced­ing due to the drought.

He said crime was a se­ri­ous prob­lem in the area and he had man­aged to sur­vive a stab­bing by teenage boys de­mand­ing money a few years ago.

An out­raged Aphiwe Thomp­son, who lives in Dongwe near the dam, said the com­mu­nity had had enough of the killings in the area.

“We feel hor­ri­ble about what hap­pened. We walk to places, we go to shops at night, we are tired of feel­ing afraid. Just to think that we have been liv­ing with a dead body among us and to have a hu­man chopped up like an an­i­mal . . . we are plead­ing with the po­lice to find the sus­pects.”

He claimed it was the third killing in the com­mu­nity in three weeks.

Ward 26 chair­man Phaphama Madubedube said there was con­cern that the man’s death might have been for muthi pur­poses.

“We know that mur­ders like this one are nor­mally re­lated to witchcraft. The same week the body was found, we held a march against the killing of women, chil­dren and other crimes in the area.”

He ap­pealed for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the lat­est death, say­ing the com­mu­nity would con­tinue to fight crime, in­clud­ing set­ting up a neigh­bour­hood watch struc­ture.

The po­lice had not com­mented at the time of go­ing to press.

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

THIRD KILLING: The dam near Dongwe, Whit­tle­sea, where a man’s body was re­cov­ered

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