Body found: man’s long wait for police
AS THE Inanda community grapples with the mystery behind the discovery of the body of an infant on a piece of land in the Bhambayi area, the plot’s owner was upset over alleged shoddy police work.
He said he and his workers had to keep watch over the body overnight while they waited for police to respond.
Sazi Shandu said he recently bought the land and was building a home on it.
Workers were digging a section for an outside toilet and wash area when they found the body at about 3.30pm on Tuesday.
“It looked like a baby. The bones were very small,” said Shandu.
“We reported it to the police. They passed me from one officer to the next, one shift to the next. By 8pm officers arrived but they refused to do anything. In fact, they said we must dig further as they could not see clearly. Then they left and said someone would come the next day.
“I even went to the police station to get someone to come to my place. I had to deal with three shifts of police, explaining things each time to different officers,” he said.
One of the workers at the building site photographed police standing over the makeshift grave. Shandu said different police officers returned – a day later.
When the Daily News arrived there yesterday, the police had just left with the body. However, a blanket with Mickey Mouse on it and a blue woollen bonnet were left behind.
The former owner of the land, Sandile Mtolo, was at the site. He said the land had been in his family for more than 10 years, but nobody had lived there.
“Over the years different squatters came. Some set up wooden houses. But the occupants changed from time to time. I also live in Inanda. On Tuesday, Mr Shandu called me about the baby’s body. I came over immediately. But I don’t know whose baby this could be. The land was mainly used by squatters,” he said.
SAPS Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said: “An inquest docket has been opened by Inanda SAPS after a human skeleton was recovered this morning at Bhambayi, Inanda.
“wThe circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”
When asked about the allegations regarding shoddy police work, she said: “The allegations will be investigated.”
Ward 57 councillor Knowledge Phohlo was on his way to the site when the Daily News contacted him.
“We do have some challenges where sometimes when you report a matter to police they may arrive late. But there are not many of these complaints,” he said.
“I must be honest, the Inanda police are generally helpful. And it must also be seen in context: Inanda is a huge area to police. That said I am going to speak to the property owner to find out more about what happened.”
One of the workers at the building site took this photo of police officers standing over the makeshift grave on Tuesday night. The incident was allegedly reported at 3pm. Police allegedly told the property owner to dig further because they needed to be...