Women's head found in Wartburg

2011-09-29 00:00

THE grisly discovery of a human head being carried around by dogs at Wartburg led police to the shallow grave of a decapitated woman’s body yesterday morning.

Lieutenant Joey Jeevan, police spokesperson, said the head was found at the Nomnganga section where a man saw his two dogs carrying an object into his premises. After forcing them to release it he realised that it was a human head and immediately called the police.

Umshwathi Municipality Ward 13 councillor Mduduzi Goba said police and community members combed the area and the body was discovered about a kilometre away from where the head was found.

It had been buried in a shallow grave behind the house of the woman’s relatives, covered in soil and scrap metal.

The woman was identified as Bongekile Zuma (21). She had sustained multiple open wounds to her right leg.

“It is believed that Zuma left her family home in the Appelbosch area near Dalton, to visit her relatives in Nonmganga area in Wartburg,” said Jeevan.

When she arrived at her relatives’ home she noticed a group of men inside the house. She opted to stay over at a neighbour’s house with her 18-month-old daughter. The next morning she left her toddler with the neighbour and went to collect her belongings from her relatives’ house. She never returned.

“Zuma’s sister reported her missing on Saturday at the Nsuze Police Station,” Jeevan said. A post mortem will be held to determine the cause of death.

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