It is alleged that the victim Ms Ncamisile Zondi (53) from Luganda, Emasayithini was reported missing on 26 December 2020. She was last seen on 23 December 2020. Community members started searching for the missing person after it was reported to the police.
On 29 December 2020 the members of community continued with the search which led them to the long-drop toilet which is situated on the deceased yard. They discovered that there was sand covered on the already functioning toilet. The community members removed the walls of the toilet and began digging. While digging they noticed some clothing items including some bedding items which was also followed with an usual smell.
They then stopped digging and called the police.
Police members from Marianhill responded to the scene and called the Search and Rescue Team. SAPS and Metro Search and Rescue teams responded and recovered the body of the deceased. The body was still recognisable. The clothing items had some visible blood stains.
The two roomed house that belonged to the deceased was locked. Then forced entry was gain to the house. Everything seems to be in order except the bedding which was removed from the bed which could confirm that were same clothing items that were found in the toilet.
According to the neighbours, they stated that the deceased was living with her long lost son who only returned about six months before the deceased died. Furthermore it was discovered that the deceased had received her stokvel payouts. She was supposed to visit her home as she was originally from Bulwer. Her son left home before Christmas and he informed the neighbours that he was going to the camp at EBuhleni in Inanda.
That was the last time her son was seen. Intensive investigation was conducted and suspect was nowhere to be found.
On Saturday, 20 March 2021 the Mariannhill Detectives received information that the suspect (30) was at Luganda hence they proceeded to the area and the suspect was eventually arrested. The suspect will appear before Pinetown Magistrates’ Court on tomorrow 23 March 2021 facing murder charges.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Kwazulu-Natal, Major General Thulani Gonya praised the detectives for the arrest of the suspect after he has been on a run for more than two months.