Family held: ‘grandson beaten to death’

2012-06-19 00:00

A 70-YEAR-OLD woman and two of her relatives appeared in court yesterday for the alleged murder of her grandson.

It is alleged that Margaret Ntombela (70), Zamokwakhe Ntombela (48) and Anthony Mwelase (42) of Sweetwaters assaulted Sphamandla Ntombela (20) with a steel pipe until he died, and then dumped his body in bushes last month.

Sphamandla’s severely decomposed body was found on Saturday, wrapped in a blanket. His relatives were arrested a short while later.

It is alleged that some time in May, Ntombela and his relatives argued about clothing he had allegedly stolen from them. The relatives then allegedly beat him with a pipe.

After he died, they allegedly wrapped his body in a blanket and took it to a bushy area in a wheelbarrow.

Due to the advanced state of decomposition, police were unable to establish the nature of his injuries. A post mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death.

The three were remanded in custody and will appear in court again next week. — WR.

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