Dead body found under bed

2011-06-07 00:00

AS bereaved family members of Edendale in Pietermaritzburg were cleaning up their house to prepare to mourn the death of their elderly loved one, they made a gory discovery of a young woman’s body hidden under a bed yesterday afternoon.

The body of 18-year-old Thembani Kweyama was found in the Shayamoya area of Mpumuza at about 12.30 pm.

She was found half naked, next to a bed with a condom cover just beside her.

It is feared that she was raped before she was stabbed to death.

“The family live in Caluza, but they had come to this house, to make funeral arrangement of their grandfather. They were cleaning the house when one woman found the body as she was removing the bed,” said a neighbour.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Kweyama’s body was found wrapped in a sheet and placed under a bed.

Police then arrested a 38-year-old man — who was Kweyama’s former landlord — in connection with the murder. The unemployed suspect was looking after the house, and was making a living by renting out one of the rooms.

Kweyama’s fiancée, Sboniso Mungwe (23), who had been searching for her on Saturday and Sunday, said he was walking past the suspect’s house when he saw a crowd inside the house.

“I heard that a body was found inside the house. I told people that my fiancée was also missing, but they said I must wait outside for police to arrive. When the police arrived I was shocked to find that the body was that of my Thembani,” said Mungwe.

The deceased, who was a Grade 12 pupil at Payipini High School, rented a room at the suspect’s house for one month in April.

“In May I relocated her to my house because it is also nearer to the school. I did this because I was concerned about her safety at the suspect’s house. But she also lived alone at my house because I was always away,” Mungwe said.

Mungwe, who works and live in Hammarsdale, arrived home on Saturday only to find that a door to the house had been kicked down and Kweyama was nowhere to be found.

It is believed that on Friday at about 12 am a woman was heard screaming for help.

“I heard this cry, but it did not last long. As I was already in bed I thought of getting up, but then I thought maybe there was nothing serious,” said a neigbhour Nqaba Ngidi.

Mungwe and Kweyama’s mother Thembisile Biyela (44) started a day-long search for her on Saturday.

On Sunday they both went to the Plessislaer police station to report a missing person.

“When I got to the house where the body was found I became too emotional. She had fresh blood all over. There were wounds on her face and neck, and it seems that she was killed on the same morning,” said Biyela.

Biyela said her daughter, who is the mother of a two-year-old son, was dreaming of doing nursing when she finished school.

“The family was preparing to support her financially, because we also wanted her to be a nurse,” said Biyela, who is a domestic worker in Pinetown.

“We have been friends since grade seven. Her death has shocked me and teachers at school,” said Nonto Dlamini, Kweyama’s schoolfriend.

Jeevan said the suspect is expected to appear at Pietermarizburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

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