Teen stabbed and mutilated

2011-09-14 00:00

A YOUNG teenager who went missing on Sunday has been found dead with stab wounds. She had also been mutilated. One ear was missing and flesh from the inside of her thighs had been sliced off.

There were dog-bite marks all over her body.

The naked body of Portia Sibisi (13) was found in a bushy area in Ematimatolo, Greytown, on Monday afternoon after she had failed to return home from visiting her older sister, Zandile, about four kilometres from home on Sunday.

Her other sister, Thandazile, said she became concerned when Portia did not return home by evening, and phoned Zandile to check if she was still with her. “I had a funny feeling when Zandile said she had left at about 3.30 pm for home.

“We went looking for her along the route she was to have taken, but could not find her. We then reported this to the area councillor, who said since it was already dark we should resume the search on Monday.”

When Portia left her sister’s house she was accompanied by a group of young children. Midway they turned back and returned home.

On Monday local school teachers were alerted and the police were informed.

A young boy who walked with Portia reported seeing two young men and a woman walking near her, but he was too far to identify them.

Portia’s mother, Philisiwe, was devastated by how her child had died, but took comfort from the fact that she will be able to bury her.

“There’s still a missing woman and no one knows what happened to her,” she said.

Umvoti Deputy Mayor Zamo Xaba said the community is shocked.

“Something like this has never happened here. People are found dead either with stab or gunshot wounds. We hope that the police will bring the perpetrators to book.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said police believe Portia may have been raped and mutilated before she was stabbed to death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Warrant Officer Mandla Khumalo at 033 445 9332 or 082 462 9075.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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