eThekwini police constable prime suspect in murder of ex-girlfriend
An eThekwini Metro Police constable is the prime suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Zinhle Muthwa.
Constable Ndumiso Khumalo, 30, who is attached to the city’s multioperational response unit, appeared in the Umbumbulu Magistrate’s Court yesterday, said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara.
She said he faced charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.
He is still in custody and will return to court on Monday when he intends to apply for his release on bail.
Outside the court, a host of supporters were present, including some from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and ANC.
IFP Women’s Brigade chairperson Thokozile Gumede said more had to be done to curb gender-based violence.
“We are here to support the family. Enough is enough. We cannot go on anymore. We have done all we could. We have made campaigns and marches. We need to find a solution, something that will be a permanent solution,” she said.
Muthwa’s bruised body was found in Umbumbulu on January 1 with a gunshot wound to the head. Her body was recovered at Ndaya Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. She had head injuries and multiple bruises.
Her parents positively identified her body on Thursday.
Media reports indicated that Muthwa had initially gone missing after someone in a white car picked her up in New Germany.
Umbumbulu detectives, led by their station commander, followed up on information regarding Khumalo’s involvement in the murder and later arrested him.
They recovered a firearm which was believed to have been used in the murder.
Muthwa’s initial disappearance sparked an outcry on social media, with renewed fears of gender-based violence.
Protests against gender-based violence reached boiling point during the #AmINext movement in mid-2019.
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