Un­cle in court af­ter boy, 4, found be­headed

Daily Dispatch - - News - LULAMILE FENI MTHATHA BUREAU CHIEF lu­lamilef@dis­patch.co.za

A man ap­peared in court on Mon­day ac­cused of be­head­ing his four-year-old nephew.

Bo­nani Njuze, 37, will ap­pear again in the Tsomo mag­is­trate’s court on Tues­day to ap­ply for bail af­ter the bru­tal mur­der of Kun­gawo Njuze.

Kun­gawo will be buried on Satur­day in the quiet lit­tle vil­lage of Xolobe.

Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Si­bongile Soci said the boy and his sis­ter, 7, had been left in the care of their un­cle on Septem­ber 3.

“The un­cle told the sev­enyear-old to go to school and upon her re­turn from school, she made the grue­some dis­cov­ery of her brother’s life­less body cov­ered with a cloth,” Soci said.

“The in­ci­dent, which took place at Jim lo­cal­ity, Xolobe ad­min­is­tra­tion area in Tsomo, shocked and dis­mayed ev­ery­one.

“Po­lice were sum­moned and on ar­rival they no­ticed the body was be­headed.

“Upon search­ing the home­stead, the head was found in­side a plas­tic bag hang­ing on a tree.”

Safety & li­ai­son MEC Weziwe

The un­cle told the seven-year-old to go to school and upon her re­turn from school, she made the grue­some dilscov­ery of her brother’s life­less body cov­ered with a cloth. Po­lice were sum­moned and on ar­rival they no­ticed the body was be­headed

Tikana-Gxothiwe and Chris Hani district po­lice com­mis­sioner Ma­jor-Gen­eral Funeka Si­ganga vis­ited the grief-stricken Njuze fam­ily on Mon­day.

“Ev­ery day we hear of so many rape and femi­cide in­ci­dents it is be­com­ing ‘nor­mal’ but this in­ci­dent is be­yond shock­ing. It makes us ques­tion what we do­ing wrong as fam­i­lies,” Tikana-Gxothiwe said.

“Why are we har­bour­ing crime and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties as com­mu­ni­ties?”

AmaZizi tra­di­tional coun­cil head Nkosi Jongi­sizwe Ng­con­golo raised his voice against vi­o­lence per­pet­u­ated by men and called on all to take a stand against it.

“This is a dis­grace and a shame on the Xolobe com­mu­nity. This heinous mur­der has dented our good name. We strongly con­demn killing of women and chil­dren and per­pe­tra­tors of it must rot in jail. As the com­mu­nity we are sign­ing a pe­ti­tion call­ing for bail to be de­nied in this case. And the po­lice must help us fight drug abuse as we think this killing is re­lated to that,” he said.

Intsika Yethu ward 3 coun­cil­lor Me­likhaya Skotana said: “Drug abuse is de­stroy­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and cre­at­ing en­e­mies among friends and fam­i­lies. This un­cle was some­one this young boy trusted to pro­tect him from dan­ger.”

The chil­dren’s mother, Amanda Njuze, said they were too dis­traught to talk about the in­ci­dent.

“We are so hurt. Please can we be given time to mourn and bury him in dig­nity,” she said.

In Port St Johns in 2017 a drug user dubbed the Port St Johns “can­ni­bal”, Man­disi Gwanya, al­legedly killed‚ dis­mem­bered and ate some body parts of his nephew‚ Kamvelihle Ngala, also 4, at KwaNt­sila vil­lage. He was found un­fit to stand trial and sent to a men­tal hospi­tal.

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