Crying baby leads to gruesome discovery

2012-10-03 00:00

A TWO-YEAR-OLD crying in a locked house in Imbali unit 14 led the community to a gruesome discovery — her parents lying dead inside.

The family speculate something they drank may have caused their deaths.

The crying child and a bad smell emanating from the house on Sunday alerted neighbours that something was wrong and police were called.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said officers forced their way in when there was no response to their knocking.

The child was taken to hospital, and then police found the bodies of the couple — Christopher Nkabini (50) and his wife, Thandiwe Zondi (34).

They had no visible injuries, said Jeevan.

Nkabini’s brother Nathi told The Witness that they were called on Sunday by one of the neighbours.

“We had to rush from kwaMafunze to Imbali only to find my brother’s lifeless body on the floor near the toilet and his wife on the bed. Their two-year-old girl child was crying hysterically,” he said.

Nkabini said: “In the house police found three two-litre bottles next to the bed and one of them contained something resembling traditional medicine, which I suspect they were using.”

Jeevan said a post mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death. An inquest docket has been opened.

Police are making an appeal to anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Amar Subrim of SA Police Service Plessislaer, on his office number 033 398 9784 or on 079 564 8000.

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