Grandad (89) robbed while sleeping and stabbed to death

2011-06-16 00:00

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy went to visit his elderly grandfather only to find the 89-year-old man’s body with multiple stab wounds in a bedroom of a homestead in Pietermaritzburg on Monday morning.

Ndumiso Dlamini found Nkosenye Duma’s body in his Taylor’s Halt home at about 9 am.

He told The Witness, “When I knocked on the main door there was no response. I went to the other side of the house when I found broken glass on the ground. I knocked while shouting ‘grandfather wake up’.

“When there was no response I entered the house through the window and found him lying dead next to his bed,” he said.

Ndumiso said he found Duma with blood on his body and on the floor.

He said his grandfather had a spear in his hand, which had no bloodstains.

The family suspect that the spear was placed on Duma’s hand after the murder.

Ndumiso alerted his mother, Bongiwe Dlamini, about his gory discovery.

It seems that attackers gained entry into Duma’s house through the window and then kicked the bedroom door open.

Ndumiso and his mother live next door to his grandfather’s homestead. Duma was living alone since his other grandson, who was living with him, was arrested about two months ago.

Said Bongiwe, “Ndumiso came to me crying and told me that he thought that his grandfather was dead.

“I was shocked when I got to the house to find the horrible way my father was killed.”

It is believed that the pensioner was attacked while he was sleeping.

His bedroom had been ransacked and his wallet, which had cash, was taken.

Another one of Duma’s grandsons, Nqoba Duma, said that when he went to the mortuary to see the body he found that it had a number of wounds.

“The body has wounds on the back and front. The bigger wounds were on the left side of the chest. These people wanted to make sure that they leave my grandfather dead,” said Nqoba.

Nqoba’s cousin, Mpiyezwe Sphiwe Phoswa, said he was returning from town when he saw people weeping outside Duma’s homestead. “I was shocked when they told me that he had been found killed. These criminals should have just taken whatever they wanted and left the old man alone. “He was too old … we had expected him to die a natural death.”

Phoswa said his grandfather worked for Spoornet for many years. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said no one has been arrested. She appealed to anyone who might have information about the incident to call Warrant

Officer John Ntshele at

033 505 0017 or 084 061 1270.

Anonymous callers should phone 086 001 0111.

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