Neighbour allegedly hacks granny to death in KZN

2015-08-28 12:07

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Durban – Another woman has allegedly been hacked to death in KwaZulu-Natal, this time with an axe.

Vuyelwa Mavundla, 68, was allegedly attacked by her neighbour while she was on her way to fetch firewood at a nearby forest in Wartburg.

The incident happened a day after the body of Villa Maria Primary School principal Nokuthula Magwanyana, 46, was discovered in Bishopstowe, Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday.

It appeared as if Magwanyana was hacked to death with a panga.

Mavundla’s granddaughter Mbali Mavundla, 20, said she was woken up by loud screams on Thursday morning.

From Mphelandaba section in Windy Hill, Mavundla said she went outside to investigate and pushed her way through the crowd to see what the community was looking at.

When she got closer she discovered her grandmother bleeding profusely and struggling to breathe.

It appeared as though the elderly woman had been hacked with an axe.

Mavundla said her grandmother woke up around 06:00 to fetch firewood at a nearby forest.

She returned home to drop off the wood and headed back to the forest to fetch more.

“On her way to the forest, her friend Beauty Ngubane, called for her. They both walked towards the forest. While they were walking, a man who lives two houses from us started chasing them with an axe. They saw him and started running.”

Mavundla said Ngubane ran towards the suspect while her grandmother ran in the opposite direction.

Ngubane allegedly stopped and watched as the suspect chased her friend.

“He caught her and started strangling her then pushed her to the ground and hit her with the axe.”

Mavundla said Ngubane watched in horror as her friend was attacked.

“When I got there she was still breathing, she had a huge cut on her neck, left shoulder and hands, maybe she was trying to fight him.”

Mavundla said when she arrived at the scene the suspect had fled.

“I was told that when he was done he walked to his house with the axe covered in blood. He went to his house and stood in front of the door and watched the community as if nothing had happened.”

Mavundla said she doesn’t know what his grandmother did to the suspect for him to kill her.

“He once accused her of bewitching him but it’s not true, my grandmother would never do such a thing. I don’t know if he is crazy, he just hated her. Last year while she was in church, he walked in and attacked her in front of the congregation.”

Mavundla said the suspect was arrested shortly after the police arrived.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that a 28-year-old suspect will appear in court soon on a charge of murder.

KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said: “This is the second such incident in KZN this week. We need to go back to basics and teach society how to treat women.”

Thusi said her department had approached King Goodwill Zwelithini seeking assistance from traditional leaders.

“We need the help of traditional leaders, churches and the community. There are systems in place but people are still being killed, it’s really sad,” she said.

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