eThek­wini po­lice con­sta­ble prime sus­pect in mur­der of ex-girl­friend

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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.

We need to find a so­lu­tion

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