Weekend Witness - - News - MLONDI RADEBE

AS the fam­ily of a woman who died af­ter a col­league al­legedly poured acid over her seek an­swers on why she was mur­dered, po­lice are look­ing for oth­ers who may have been splashed with acid in the in­ci­dent.

The 33-year-old woman who was ar­rested for the acid at­tack will be stand­ing trial in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Re­gional Court.

Ntombi Mkhize, of KwaPata, is al­leged to have fol­lowed Sman­gele Mlaba in broad day­light as she walked along Pi­eter­maritz Street on Mon­day last week.

She con­fronted her and they started ar­gu­ing, be­fore she flung acid onto Mlaba.

Both worked at Miguel’s Bak­ery and it’s be­lieved that the ar­gu­ment had be­gun at work.

Zodwa Mtha­lane, a friend of Mlaba’s, told Week­end Wit­ness that she had vis­ited Mlaba in hospi­tal on Tues­day.

“She was so burnt, you could not recog­nise her. That pic­ture is still in my mind. I want to see the law take its course.”

Mlaba’s cousin Noku­lunga Mlaba said she can’t de­scribe the pain the fam­ily feels.

“We still need an­swers. She died in pain even though she was one of the strong­est mem­bers of the fam­ily,” she said.

“See­ing her in the hospi­tal bed broke my heart. Her daugh­ter is do­ing ma­tric this year.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Joey Jee­van, the chem­i­cal caused se­vere burns to Mlaba’s face and up­per body.

She was rushed to Eden­dale Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance, but died the fol­low­ing day.

Po­lice are look­ing for other vic­tims of the at­tack and wit­nesses to con­tact the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

“It’s be­lieved that the acid that was thrown on the vic­tim may have also burnt other peo­ple at the time,” said Jee­van.

“Those peo­ple are also re­quested to ur­gently con­tact po­lice.”

She said they can con­tact in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Sergeant Ra­jeev Soora­jbally at 033 845 2751 or 082 563 2172.

Mkhize ap­peared in the district court yes­ter­day, when the mat­ter was trans­ferred to the re­gional court. She was re­manded and will be back in court on Mon­day to ap­ply for a Le­gal Aid at­tor­ney.

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