Death destroys family

2015-11-26 06:00
Caroline Mbenga, Amanda’ grandmother, Nomonde Mbanga, Lindelwa Mafuya, Siyamthanda Mafuya, Nosicelo Joyini and Xoliswa Mantanga are Mourning the death of Amanda Duze, in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko.

Caroline Mbenga, Amanda’ grandmother, Nomonde Mbanga, Lindelwa Mafuya, Siyamthanda Mafuya, Nosicelo Joyini and Xoliswa Mantanga are Mourning the death of Amanda Duze, in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko.

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The Gugulethu community and beyond, including the family and relatives of young Amanda Duze, who was allegedly killed by an uncle and subsequently buried in her backyard, is still reeling with shock at the news.

Her death sent the social media arena haywire, with commentators decrying the dastardly acts of her uncle.

“It was a gruesome find after a gruesome act,” said others on Facebook.

The naked and lifeless body of Amanda, 21, was found in a shallow grave at her home in NY113, on Sunday evening, after a short search for her.

Captain Elliott Sinyangana, communication officer at Gugulethu Police Station, confirmed that a suspect was arrested on Tuesday.

Lindelwa Mafuya, the deceased’s aunt who stays in NY133, said Amanda was due to go with her grandmother, Ester Duze, to eat lunch at a family member’s house in Delft, but she turned down the invitation.

“The reason she refused to go was that she was going to help her friend who was due to write maths on Monday.”

According to her, Ester Duze arrived back in the house at about 8pm and found the suspect in the house, but there were no sign of the deceased.

They then launched a search for Amanda, joined by residents and other relatives.

Mafuya, who was one of the first relatives on the scene, said the uncle allegedly gained entry in the house through the back door.

“Judging from what we found in the house, Amanda was taking a bath when he entered the house. We do not know what he did to her before killing her, because it was clear that she was naked at the time,” she said.

The suspect looked restless after he was asked about her whereabouts.

“We found blood stains on her bed. We then searched outside. One of the residents said the soil felt soft and they started digging there..her hand and face emerged as we started digging. His clothes and hers were found in a plastic bag in a dust bin with blood stains,” she added.

She said the suspect then disappeared.

“The suspect then went to his sister’s house, Peggy Duze, the mother of the deceased, who stays in Tambo Village, and said he was sent by Amanda to give her one of her cell phones.

Peggy became suspicious and called her mother to ask if everything was fine.”

Nomonde Mbanga, Amanda’s aunt, said it is hard for the family to come to terms with her death.

“She was a well-behaved child. She would stand in front of the mirror and sing. Amanda liked helping others and was always smiling.”

A distraught Mbanga added: “I am so destroyed. I cannot believe that she is gone. Now we have to run away from family members instead of strangers. It is very tough to know that the world has turned upside down,” Mbanga said. Amanda was a second year student in Human Resource t the Management College of Southern Africa.

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