Wife cut into pieces

2016-05-04 06:00
PASTORS of different churches, joined by members of the community, render prayers on Sunday night (01/05) at the shallow grave. Photo: Boipelo Mere

PASTORS of different churches, joined by members of the community, render prayers on Sunday night (01/05) at the shallow grave. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE police are still investigating whether Kerileng Mavis Nqozi (34) was killed and buried for her RDP house that she had inherited from her late husband and father of her two children, who had died in 2015, as many believe is the case.

This is after Nqozi’s decomposed body was exhumed by the Kagisho police on Friday (29/04) from a shallow grave in Soul City, just a few metres away from where she stayed.

The police confirmed that the body was cut into pieces, stashed in a refuse bag and buried in a shallow grave in an open veld in Soul City.

The discovery followed a search that was initiated by her ward councillor, Moses Nhlapho, with members of the community of the ward 14 days after her disappearance.

The deceased’s 39-year-old husband, who she married recently, reported her missing on 17 April at the Kagisho Police Station.

He was arrested in connection with the murder shortly after the discovery. He apparently informed the police that he had last seen his wife on 13 April.

The investigations led Capt. Doggy Magugu of the police to direct the search to an open field near Soul City.

This came after a member of the community had revealed that she had seen the deceased’s husband carry a plastic bag that he claimed contained the remains of his dog.

He apparently told her that he was going to throw it away in the field in the wee hours of the morning.

Nqozi’s disappearance had also made the ward councillor suspicious, as there were indications that the couple’s relationship was marked by violence and intimidation.

“Attempts were made by social workers and myself to try and stop her from getting married. That was three days before she tied the knot and three months into the relationship,” said the disturbed Nhlapo.

“I warned her that the man was either going to evict her from her own house or kill her for it, because he kept on insisting that his name be added to the title deed.”

Nhlapo added that the day he had tried to reason with Kerileng, cuts and a blue eye had been noticeable “and you could feel that she was intimidated. When I heard that Kerileng has taken off, I pestered the man to tell the truth. So much so that last week Wednesday (27/04) he came to my house accompanied by policemen to warn me to stay away from him and his house, but I refused.”

“He Capt. Magugu told me that by just interrogating the man, he saw the truth. Henc we called a community meeting in Soul City and agreed that we will search everywhere for Kerileng on Friday.

“I will never forget how he insisted on searching the square where we found Kerileng. I was surprised when he suddenly stopped and pointed to an old carpet. He shoved it aside and before us red soil appeared which was inconsistent with the rest of the soil in the square. I had my doubts, but he asked for a spade and he started digging until we all became aware of a heavy stench.

“He explained to me that the stench was that of a decomposed human body. That is when I saw the reality of it all,” continued Nhlapo.

Nqozi will be buried on Thursday (05/05) on her 35th birthday.

The street where Nqozi lived has become a hive of activity with people converging for prayers.

The undertakers, Galeshewe Fune-als, has pledged to provide a burial service free of charge as a social responsibility and Revival FM has pledged to cover the proceedings and to raise funds to assist the family.

Nqozi leaves behind her two children, a ten-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

The suspect was expected to appear in court on Tuesday (03/05).

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