Head found in freezer

2011-01-29 00:00

THE head of a teenage boy who was reported missing by his family in December was yesterday found in a freezer at a house in France township outside Pietermaritzburg.

After a tip-off, police searched the house yesterday and made the gruesome discovery.

The head of Loyiso Siyabonga Jokweni was in a plastic dish with a frozen snake. Some items that could not be immediately identified due to the amount of ice on them were also found in the freezer.

“We don’t know whether these other items are body parts, but the head was positively identified as that of Jokweni,” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

A man in his 30s was arrested, while statements were taken from his girlfriend, who owns the house.

Jokweni (18) from Inanda in Durban went missing on Christmas Day. His disappearance was reported to the police on December 28.

He arrived in France on December 11 to visit his sister. It was his first visit to the area.

Two weeks ago the police found a body, which was identified by Jokweni’s family as his.

Family spokesperson Wellington Ndzoyiya said the discovery would help them start healing.

He said Jokweni left with three boys from the area.

“I was at work doing a night shift and my fiancée phoned to say Loyiso had not arrived home and she was concerned because it was late and he was not familiar with the area.

“The next day we went to the three boys with whom he was last seen, but when we started asking questions they disappeared. We heard that they are hiding in Dalton near New Hanover.

“This has been a traumatising and agonising period for the family and hopefully once the case is concluded by the courts, the family will find closure,” said Ndzoyiya.

Neighbours were baying for the blood of the suspect, saying he is an outsider who has tarnished the image of their area.

“We need to make it clear that this barbarian is an outsider who came here in about 2008 and stayed with the woman of that house. We don’t want outsiders here if they will come and commit such heinous crimes …” fumed a resident in the area.

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