PMB boss finds body in toilet; boyfriend a suspect

2008-05-01 00:00

A WOMAN was found brutally murdered in an outside toilet in the Grange yesterday. Police suspect she could have been killed after a lovers’ quarrel — or during a house robbery.

Zakithi Mncwabe (30) was found dead by her employer Mondli Mhlaluka yesterday, after she went missing on Tuesday.

It is alleged that the last person seen at the Mhlaluka house before Mncwabe disappeared was her boyfriend, the father of her eight-month-old baby.

A neighbour allegedly saw Mncwabe’s boyfriend in the house at about 9 am on Tuesday.

Early yesterday, worried about Mncwabe’s whereabouts, Mhlaluka went into the outside toilet.

“I … forced the door open and I found Mncwabe’s body lying there with a slit throat.”

Mncwabe’s family could not reach her on the phone after Tuesday morning.

“I spoke to her twice on the phone earlier in the morning, but later on she did not answer the phone. I tried five times … and I gave up at about 10 am,” said a family member.

In the afternoon when the Mhlalukas arrived home they found their son outside.

“My son, who had come back from pre-school earlier on [in] the day, was sitting outside. It was a strange situation because [Mncwabe] never leaves without leaving the keys where we would collect them,” said Mhlaluka.

Mhlaluka used a broom he found outside to open a kitchen window and let his son in to look for the keys.

After entering the house they found bloodstains and mud in the bathroom and bedrooms.

“In our bedroom we found a dishcloth with blood stains. We searched the whole house and found that some clothes and a suitcase were missing, but there was no sign of Mncwabe.”

Mncwabe’s shoes were found in the kitchen. Police were called in and a case of theft was opened.

According to the Mhlalukas, they also found a knife on the kitchen sink and replaced it in the drawer with other utensils.

It is believed the knife was used in the murder and police have taken it for forensic testing.

Mncwabe worked for the Mhlaluka family for more than five years. “She was like a sister; we treated each other as such,” said Mhlaluka.

It is alleged that Mncwabe and her boyfriend quarrelled earlier in the week, but police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Mncwabe could have been killed during a house robbery.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information that can assist the police to contact Senior Superintendent Chris Wyles on 082 411 6559 or the SAPS Alexandra Road on 033 845 7700.”

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