Sweetwaters woman mutilated, left to die

2017-01-25 06:02
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile LEFT: Nelisiwe  Madlala points to where her sister was found.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile LEFT: Nelisiwe Madlala points to where her sister was found.

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SWEETWATERS residents fear for their lives after a woman was found with her body badly mutilated and some parts missing.

Zodwa Madlala (34) from eMadwaleni died shortly on Sunday morning after she was discovered by family members metres from a relative’s house. She was last seen hours before the attack at a relative’s house where she attended the Imbeleko traditional ceremony [introduction of a new baby to the ancestors] on Saturday afternoon.

Family members said they believe she was murdered for her body parts.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo, her sister Nelisiwe­ said the family was still shocked by the gruesome manner in which Zodwa was killed.

“It is extremely painful for the family because we were with her hours just before the incident. The last time I saw her was around 10pm when we were all getting ready to leave the relative’s house, which is a walkable distance from our house.

“When I left she was with a group of other relatives­, who were planning to go to a tavern in the area, but none of them remember how or when she separated from the group as everyone had been drinking.”

Nelisiwe said she was shocked when a relative called her on Sunday morning to say they found her sister badly hurt.

“When she didn’t return home I thought her boyfriend, who lives nearby, may have fetched her. Around 5am on Sunday I was woken up by a relative who told me Zodwa was badly hurt.

“I rushed to the scene where she was found, she was still alive, but could barely utter a word. She had blood coming out of her mouth, we think her tongue was also cut out.”

The victim’s left breast, genitals and other body parts were mutilated. The family said the clothes she was wearing were found next to her as she lay in agony.

“How are we going to bury her without her body parts? We don’t even know what the perpetrator will use them for, but we suspect it’s muthi related. We hope the police make an arrest soon.”

Nelisiwe said the family suspect she may have been raped before being mutilated and left to die. “She didn’t have any enemies. She was a reserved person who would not harm anyone. She was very giving and would sacrifice her last cent to help another.”

Shocked Sweetwaters residents couldn’t believe that such a gruesome crime had taken place on their doorstep. Many pointed fingers at traditional healers who use human body parts to boost muthi.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said on Monday that no one had been arrested in connection with the killing, but that a manhunt was under way.

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