Burnt body: three held

2011-02-24 00:00

THE PRAYERS of a 28-year-old Pietermaritzburg woman were answered early this week when police picked up three men in connection with the murder of her younger brother, whose body was burnt beyond recognition in his room.

Although Thenjiwe Mthembu is relieved by the arrests, she is disappointed that the alleged killers of Moses Mthembu (21) are his close associates.

“I was always praying for the arrest to happen, and I’m happy that it has happened,” said Mthembu.

One of the suspects, Mqondisi Madlala (23), is a former tenant at the Mthembu’s family homestead in an informal settlement along Selby Msimang Road outside Imbali Lodge.

The other suspect, whose identity is not clear, is renting at the family’s homestead.

The other accused are Edmund Zuma (30) and Bhekizenzo Zuma (34).

They were all arrested on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The victim’s badly burnt body was found in his room on February 4. Police initially thought the fire was caused by a candle that Mthembu had left unattended when he fell asleep, but post-mortem results showed that he had been stabbed four times.

His sister told The Witness, “Mqondisi [Madlala] was renting one of our rooms with his girlfriend until my brother kicked them out in January. Every time the couple fought they would break windows, which is why my brother asked them to repair the damages and find another place to stay.

Mthembu said one of the accused is currently renting at her homestead.

“We have only known him as Khehla, which is a nickname. I have not seen them since the arrest.”

She welcomed the quick work of the police in making the arrests.

“But I still feel that there were more people involved. One day they will all be arrested,” said Mthembu.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the investigation is continuing.

She said the suspects appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

They were remanded in custody until their next appearance on March 2.

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