Clue in little Nombuso’s murder

2008-03-20 00:00

Little Nombuso Nhlangulela (9), who was found dead in Howick after she had been missing for four days, was alive less than six hours before her body was found.

Police have now released a picture of a blouse that she was wearing when she was eventually found.

Anyone with information as to the possible origins of the blouse is asked to urgently contact Inspector Mebra Nzimande at 082 702 0909 or Inspector Derek Coetzee at 082 556 1370.

The Witness was told that when Nombuso’s tortured body was recovered tied to a tree behind the Pick n Pay supermarket complex in Howick, the little girl was dressed in this blouse, which had been pulled over her school uniform.

Police have established that the garment did not belong to Nombuso.

A reward of R50 000 is being offered by the SAPS for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Nombuso’s killer.

Investigators said the little girl appeared to have died less than six hours earlier, at the scene where her body was found on Monday, March 3, four days after she went missing.

Police believe that when her abductor/s no longer had any use for her, she was placed at that spot and left to die.

She died of asphyxiation (suffocation) caused by the plastic bag that was pulled over her head — she had also been sexually molested.

Lace curtaining had been used to tie the child to the tree.

The grade four pupil at Howick West Primary, who disappeared on Thursday, February 28, was last seen alive on that day at the local high school not far away, waiting for her sister.

A police negligence inquiry is focusing on members of the Howick police, who allegedly failed to respond to the missing persons report filed by Nombuso’s father, Themba.

The investigation has now been taken over by the Organised Crime Unit.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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