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Murder of Elliotdale woman on Christmas Day condemned, police appeal for leads

Dec 27, 2018
Murder of Elliotdale woman on Christmas Day condemned, police appeal for leads

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, has expressed shock and dismay at the brutal murder of an 18-year-old woman on Christmas Day, at about 6:00 in the morning, at Qatywa locality in Elliotdale.

”She also sent her condolences to friends and family of the deceased,” said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the Provincial Commissioner’s Spokesperson.

According to the police, the woman and another person had visited their grandmother at Nkanya Village where the incident took place.

“Information further reveals that the suspect was seen by a neighbour with his clothes full of blood stains. This prompted the neighbour to alert the community, who responded by chasing after the suspect, who disappeared into a nearby forest,” said Brig Kinana.

“The police together with the community conducted an intensive search for the suspect without any success.

“A case of murder was opened at Elliotdale Police Station for investigation.”

Elliotdale police investigating motive for the Christmas Day murder

He said that the motive for the murder is currently unknown.

“No arrest has been made at this stage as the suspect is still at large.

“The police are looking for Boy boy Ndayinjana also known as 'Cousin' as he is believed to be key in assisting speedy investigation,” Brig Kinana said.

“Police are also appealing to anyone with information that can lead to a speedy arrest of the suspect to please contact Elliotdale police -Lt Col Mfundiso Mbana -071 365 8131 or call the Crime Stop Number 08600 10 111.

“Confidentiality for the information supplied is guaranteed.”

The Provincial Commissioner has strongly condemned what she described as a vicious and heartless attack of the young woman.

“It appears that other people do not understand the significance of having peace, unity and love within the families during Christmas. We shall not rest as the police until the culprit is arrested and made to face the law,” Lieutenant General Ntshinga asserted.

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