Pongola pastor found locked in car boot

2014-07-21 09:53
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Thamsanqa Magubane, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - The Pongola pastor who was arrested but never charged for the murder of a 4-year-old child, was found locked in the boot of his car last week.

Pastor John Fanyana Nkosi was found at Louwsburg (Ngoje) near Vryheid on Thursday and had been in the boot for several days. It was not immediately clear how he came to be in the boot of his car and who had locked him in. He was not bound or gagged.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they were waiting for him to recover so he could explain.

The Ilanga newspaper reported on Sunday that he was discovered in Louwsburg after residents reported the car parked in a nearby forest for three days.

The residents were not aware that the car belonged to the pastor and called the police.

When the boot of the car was opened, they discovered the dehydrated pastor.

Ilanga said police rushed him to an unknown hospital in that area. They did not reveal its location for fear that he might be attacked.

A community leader at Pongola said: “It seems that things are coming out, because the man who abducted the child has been arrested. He was found and picked up on the same Thursday that the pastor was found in his car.

“There are other things that are happening in this community [about the killing] that we cannot talk about at this stage because this township will keep burning... What happened was very painful,” he said.

Following the discovery of the child’s remains, with gruesome pictures posted on social networks, residents were outraged and set fire to Mkhize’s church, another house and the courthouse.

Suspect linked to earlier abduction

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old man who was arrested for the murder will appear in court on Monday on kidnapping and murder charges.

“He was also linked to another kidnapping and assault where a 5-year-old boy was kidnapped in the same area in June,” Zwane said.

Zwane would not elaborate on the arrest, only saying their investigation was still continuing.

Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli, who was abducted and killed almost three weeks ago, was laid to rest on Saturday with some of his body parts still missing.

Willies Mchunu, the MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, said the arrest will bring this case closer to an end.

He called on the community to remain calm and allow the police to do their jobs.

“The arrest of this suspect underlines the importance of the call we have repeatedly made for the communities and the police to work together to fight crime,” he said.

“We understand the anger of the people at this brutal and thuggish murder of a young life. However, I urge the community not to take the law into their own hands and give police an opportunity to work on this matter,” Mchunu said.

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