HUBBY LEADS COPS TO WIFE'S MISSING HEAD
It was found tucked in a cave under rocks where the murder suspect husband hid it
POLICE were led to a cave in a bush, where the husband to the woman who was found beheaded showed them the missing head.
Muzi Khumalo led the police to all the scenes where the evidence they were looking for with regard to the murder of his wife, Gcinile Ceb’sile Mhlanga was collected.
Before leading the police to a hill near Mehlwabovu, where the head was hidden, Khumalo led them to his home. He took them to the shallow grave where he had buried her body before digging out itand dumped it far away in the bush.
Police needed to retrieve other material from the grave which had been (licansi) used and a grassmat as well as a bed sheet which were some of the items found.
The grave, dug a short distance from the homestead, was only about 70 metre deep.
Police also picked soil thickened with blood which is a sample to be used probably as evidence in court.
After all needed evidence was gathered from the grave, Muzi then led the police to the house where he allegedly killed his wife.
The axe, which he allegedly used in beheading his wife, was found in the house. Other tools taken by the police included a handpick, spade as well as a bush-knife.
From the homestead, Muzi then led the police to the hill at Mehlwabovu where he showed them two sacks (emasaka)
which were stuffed under a rock.
These he used when carrying the body to dump in the bush, a distance of almost 2km away from the homestead. Finally, Muzi showed the police the ‘cave’ where he had hidden the head. It was found under huge rocks and tucked right there.
It is said the man, who is the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, seemed to have planned well in advance how he was going to get rid of his wife.
Khumalo borrowed tools, including a hand-pick and hammer from his neighbours while his wife slept in the house after they had both arrived on the same day. He borrowed these from his uncle Mfanawendlela Khumalo and claimed he needed to use these in digging a pit latrine toilet.
“I gave him the hand-pick and hammer after he told me he wanted to dig a pit latrine and it never clicked to me that the plan was to dig a grave,” said Mfanawendlela.
He is alleged to have then murdered his wife, believing by throwing the body into the ‘grave’ he was burying all the evidence.
As someone staying in Manzini due to work commitments, Khumalo is said to have then started visiting home from time to time and even residents encouraged him in this action, with some telling him he was doing well by ‘reviving’ the homestead which looked abandoned after the demise of his father.
Little did the community members know that Khumalo, by frequenting home was up to something. He was a common feature at home because he wanted to see that no one tampered with the makeshift grave, where he had buried the body.
In one of the days he was at home, it is said he discovered that part of the body was protruding and it is believed that dogs smelt something was buried there. That was when he came up with a plan of digging the body and dumping it to a hill situated over 2km away.
It is believed that he dug out the body either last Saturday or Sunday to dump it in the bush, only for community members to stumble on it last Monday.
He had hidden the head in a cave under the rocks. Yesterday, in an operation that lasted for the whole day, Khumalo led the police to where he had hid the head, which was a distance of less than five metres from where the body was found.
it was found tucked in a cave under rocks where the murder suspect husband hid it
HEAD FOUND: Suspect husband Muzi Khumalo and his wife Gcinile Mhlanga (inset).
FACE OF A KILLER: The prime suspect Muzi Khumalo leading the police to some of the scenes where evidence was collected.