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Grahamstown police appeal for help with unsolved murders

Apr 28, 2015
Grahamstown police appeal for help with unsolved murders

The Grahamstown police are appealing for the public's help to solve five unsolved murder cases that date back to 2013.

In one case, a Joza township couple, Nonzwakazi Adam and Landi January, were assaulted and killed at their home on 9 February 2013 with what was believed to be a pick handle.

Adam died at the scene while January later died at the hospital.

Their housemate, who went to investigate why the dog was barking, was also stabbed in the neck.

Despite a series of interviews with neighbours and possible witnesses, the case remains unsolved.

Police are also still searching for suspect/s involved in death of  13-year-old Sihle Masinda in 2013. Sihle's body was found by workers conducting a survey on a sewer line in Extension 7 on 9 December that year.

It was found covered with rocks.

Several people have been questioned without a breakthrough in the case.

On 1 August 2014, 26-year-old Luvuyo Zondani, was found dead with severe injuries to his upper body at Grahamstown's number 64 New Cottages. He had been attacked by several males, police said.

Despite interviewing several peoples, police said there had not been breakthroughs either.

On 27 April 2014, 22-year-old Mcebiseni Ntshayini was found with a fatal wound to the side of his abdomen. A screwdriver and a spent 9mm cartridge were found at the crime scene.

One suspect was arrested and later released due to insufficient evidence.

Recently, on 2 April, an unknown man, believed to be in his 20s, died on his way to hospital after he was found lying near the Joza Old Age Home. 

Two male suspects aged 19 and 22, have made a brief appearance in the Grahamstown Magistrate's Court.

An appeal is made to any person who may be able to identify the victim and locate his family or relatives, to contact the investigating officer.

The public can call investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer John Manzana, of the Joza Detective Branch, on 082 779 7117.