Grim night in Jika Joe

2013-11-04 00:00

THE community of Manor, near the Jika Joe informal settlement, was awoken by loud screams from the settlement when a man was killed yesterday morning.

Sipho Chonco was stabbed once in the chest, apparently by a man who had been released from prison two weeks ago.

A police source said the killer had been named by women who had witnessed an altercation between the men. The officer said the man’s jail term was also related to a stabbing.

Nkosi Gwamanda, a relative of Chonco, said they were shocked by his murder.

“As you can see by the number of people who have come to mourn his death, my cousin was a people’s person,” he said.

Gwamanda said Chonco, who worked odd jobs, leaves behind a child he had with a woman from Hammarsdale.

Another police source said the suspected killer was known to them and they expected to make an arrest soon.

A few hours later, a man in his 30s died at the settlement. It is suspected he was electrocuted when he stepped on an uncovered live cable.

Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue Police Lieutenant Jack Haskins said they had received a report of a drowning incident. “On arrival we found an unknown male in the Dorpspruit stream,” he said.

Haskins said unconfirmed reports from community members were that the man was electrocuted before falling into the stream. The man was found with three cellphones and R64 in his pocket, and his body showed no signs of injury.

Police were hoping to use the man’s cellphones to identify him.

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