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Missing woman and teenage son found buried in shallow grave, relative on the run

Jan 16, 2018
Missing woman and teenage son found buried in shallow grave, relative on the run

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, strongly condemned the brutal killing of a woman, now identified as Zoe Buthelezi (49) and her son, Mthunzi Zulu (19), at Esidakeni area, near Mandini, over the weekend.

“Our detectives will work around the clock in making sure that the suspect allegedly involved in this brutal killing is brought to book and face the full mighty of the law. We also appeal to people to resolve their differences peacefully rather than involved themselves in fighting which lead to killings,” he said.

It is alleged that on Saturday, Nyoni police were called to attend to a missing woman and her son at Esidakeni area near Mandini.

"The community members became suspicious as they last seen the victims on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 after they had an argument with a family members in the house," described police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

"When police arrived on Saturday, they started their investigation, searching for the missing mother and her son.

"Community members also assisted the members and while they were at a relative’s house who was last seen with the victims, the members saw a fresh grave and they became suspicious."

He said that the members and the community started to dig the said grave and on their surprise, they found the bodies of the two missing people.

"The body of a woman was chopped into pieces and wrapped in plastic," Lieutenant Colonel Zwane said.

"Two counts of murder was opened at Nyoni police station for further investigation.

"The relative, who is suspected to be involved in this matter is still at large. We are appealing to anyone who might have information about his whereabouts to provide information the police or our Crime Stop number 0860010111."