Body of woman found at shop­ping mall

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MAL­I­BONGWE DAY­I­MANI

A SHOP­PER sobbed, feel­ing trau­ma­tised, when she re­turned to her car in Vin­cent Park shop­ping cen­tre and found the body of a woman ly­ing on the tar.

The dead woman, be­lieved to be in her 40s, was found in the un­der­cover park­ing sec­tion of Vin­cent Park shop­ping mall in East Lon­don yes­ter­day.

Vin­cent Park gen­eral man­ager Joseph Pars­ley said it was still too early to tell whether the woman died at the mall or her body was dumped there. “We are as­sist­ing the po­lice with ev­ery­thing at the mo­ment. We are still wait­ing for them to give us a re­port of how the woman died but we be­lieve she was dumped here.”

Pars­ley said the mall had more than 1 500 park­ing bays.

The Dis­patch saw the body ly­ing un­cov­ered while po­lice foren­sic ex­perts were still ready­ing them­selves. There were no vis­i­ble wounds or blood.

The woman was wear­ing a red skirt and black top.

The body was ly­ing next to Wendy Mban­jwa’s car from NU1 in Mdantsane.

“When I parked on that spot there was no body. I was shocked to come back from shop­ping to find two se­cu­rity guards stand­ing near my car pre­vent­ing peo­ple from get­ting closer to the body.”

A trau­ma­tised Mban­jwa said she cried hys­ter­i­cally. “I got in­side my car and sat there cry­ing.”

Pars­ley said the grue­some dis­cov­ery was made by a cus­tomer at 11.30am.

Asanda Nkonki, whose white BMW sedan was parked a few me­tres from the body, said she was shocked to find the area had turned into a po­lice scene.

“I went in­side the mall to do some shop­ping and with­draw some money, and when I came back at 12.55pm the area was cov­ered with po­lice and cor­don tape.”

Mdantsane po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Nkosikho Mzuku, said the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent were un­known. “We are still wait­ing for an au­topsy to be con­ducted.” Mzuku said any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent was to con­tact the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Con­sta­ble Chu­mani Mn­tumni on (043) 709-7500 or 071-475-1693. —

Pic­ture: SI­BONGILE NGALWA

GRUE­SOME DIS­COV­ERY: The body of an un­known woman was found in the un­der­ground park­ing lot at Vin­cent Park mall

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