Men arrested for teacher’s murder

2015-01-08 00:00

WINTERTON police have arrested five men in connection with the murder of a well-known local teacher and businessperson in December.

Sibongile Hlatshwayo (54) was reported missing at Winterton police station on December 30. Also missing were her car and several other possessions, including a flat-screen television, fan, laptop, gym machine and sports bags.

Winterton councillor Khumbulani Mazibuko told The Witness that Hlatshwayo, a teacher by profession, made extra money by selling fruit and vegetables.

He said: “We heard from the family that she was robbed and abducted by the arrested perpetrators.”

According to police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane, Hlatshwayo’s body was found in a shallow grave at Emmaus near Bergville, where her car was reported being seen a few days after she went missing. She had been strangled to death.

Zwane said the five men are expected to appear in the Colenso Magistrate’s Court soon.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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