Man­hunt after mother found dead

Cops ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion as part­ner on the run

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASEGO PANYANE

THE MUR­DER of a Davey­ton mother, who was seem­ingly killed in front of her six-year-old daugh­ter, has left po­lice des­per­ately search­ing for the cul­prit.

Thokozile Dlamini’s body was dis­cov­ered with mul­ti­ple stab wounds in a pool of blood by fel­low ten­ants in the back room she lived in. Her live-in part­ner, who is be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for her death, is on the run, and po­lice are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts.

Ac­cord­ing to Dlamini’s cousin Jab­u­lani Vi­lakazi, the 30-year-old was found after what her land­lord de­scribed as a scuf­fle be­tween her and her part­ner.

“I got a call on Jan­uary 13 in the even­ing from her land­lord, who said ‘Thoko is ly­ing in her own blood’. I hur­ried to Davey­ton from my place in Rand­fontein to go see what they were talk­ing about,” Vi­lakazi said.

When he got there, he was told that the ten­ants and land­lord be­lieved that Dlamini had been stabbed by her part­ner.

“We later found out that she had been stabbed sev­eral times. About five times in her back, more in her chest, her breast area and be­low her stom­ach. I didn’t ask how many stab wounds she had in to­tal be­cause that was too much for me,” Vi­lakazi said.

He also said Dlamini’s part­ner had al­legedly sent texts to her friends and col­leagues, ex­plain­ing that he had mur­dered her, and that they should go and get her child, us­ing one of her cell­phones.

Her land­lord, who asked that his name be with­held due to his pro­fes­sion as an ed­u­ca­tor, said he re­alised there was trou­ble brew­ing in the yard when he heard a com­mo­tion and peo­ple chas­ing each other.

“When I got out­side I found that her boyfriend had run out of the yard and had told the other ten­ants to call an am­bu­lance.

“They had been re­luc­tant to (do so) be­cause they re­alised that some­thing must have been wrong with MaDlamini,” he said, adding that he went to go check in the room, and just be­fore he got in, he saw blood at the door.

Upon ven­tur­ing fur­ther, they found the white wall in Dlamini’s room splashed with blood, with her body ly­ing a few me­tres away from the wall.

“What I find par­tic­u­larly puz­zling about this whole thing is that the ten­ants said what made them re­alise that some­thing was wrong was the child cry­ing. She had been cry­ing (in­side the room) for a while when they went knock­ing.

“They then dis­cov­ered the door to their room locked, and they in­sisted (the part­ner) open. Upon open­ing, he ran,” the land­lord ex­plained.

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Kay Makhubele said that although there was no war­rant for the man’s ar­rest, the po­lice were look­ing for him for ques­tion­ing.

“There is cur­rently an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way, and the po­lice are ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist us with any in­for­ma­tion they have on the sus­pect’s where­abouts that can lead to his ar­rest,” Makhubele said.

Vi­lakazi said Dlamini’s loved ones wanted jus­tice to be served.

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