Student’s funeral unites community

2014-01-03 00:00

AT the funeral of a murdered FET student, whose body was found hacked and burned, in a shallow grave, the community at Unit 1 of Imbali banded together and vowed to work closely with police to fight the abuse of women and children.

It is alleged that Nompilo Ndlovu (23), who was studying electrical engineering at the Msunduzi FET, was murdered by her boyfriend, Thamsanqa Justice Tenza.

Ndlovu’s body was found in a shallow grave. Some of her body parts had allegedly been chopped off and she had allegedly been burnt.

Ward councillor Garnet Mlete, after seeing the anger of the community at the incident and tensions running high, called both families together to mediate.

“We met with them and they both understand that we need to work together and let justice take its course,” said Mlete.

Mayor Chris Ndlela, who spoke at the funeral, said this was a cruel act.

“We are here because this shouldn’t be happening in our community. We ask the community to be calm about this incident as the man has been arrested. They must trust our justice system,” said Ndlela.

The community were out in their numbers to bid farewell to Ndlovu.

As she was a member of the ANC Youth League, they chanted struggle songs as her body was taken from the hall to the cemetery.

Tenza appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the murder of Ndlovu on December 26.

It is alleged that he assaulted Ndlovu that night and later killed, burnt and buried her in a shallow grave behind his room in Imbali.

According to a source close to the investigation, a relative heard Ndlovu crying while Tenza allegedly dragged her around in his yard but they did not come to her aid.

Police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said the motive for the murder was not known.

Tenza applied for legal aid and was remanded in custody until January 13.

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