Two arrested in ‘execution-style’ murder of Sweetwaters teacher

2015-04-20 00:00

TWO people were arrested last week for the murder of Gugulethu Gwamanda, who was shot “execution style” in a plantation near Thornville last month.

The two suspects, aged 28 and 34, were arrested and charged for allegedly killing Gwamanda (58) in a plantation just outside Thornville in March.

The suspects were arrested by Plessislaer Cluster task team members after an “intensive investigation” following the murder.

The officers made a breakthrough when they received information from the residents about the whereabouts of the suspects.

The suspects were traced and the first one was arrested in Howick on April 15.

The second suspect was arrested in the Oribi area in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday last week.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said, on March 13, Gwamanda went to the Pietermaritzburg CBD to do shopping using her white Toyota Verso.

She never returned home.

The next day, at about 9 am, a passerby noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the road at Maynde farm, Thornville.

Inside, there was a body of a woman, which had several gunshot wounds.

“The motive of the killing is unknown as her body was found in her vehicle,” Zwane said.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

At the time of the murder, police sources who could not be named said her body was found with five bullet wounds and it appeared to be an “execution-style” murder.

It is believed that nothing was ­stolen from the car and a file containing divorce papers that were handed to her earlier last month was found in the cubbyhole.

Gwamanda was a Sweetwaters resident and a teacher at the Umthoqotho High School where she taught history and Zulu.

She was married and had four children, two boys and two girls.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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