Kids find woman’s body in Snathing

2011-03-10 00:00

CHILDREN in the Nhlazatshe area near Edendale made the gruesome discovery of a badly decomposed body of a woman lying in shrubs near a railway line yesterday morning.

The children were walking along the railway line on their way to school in Snathing. The route is a short-cut between the two areas.

Nhlazatshe resident Ntombi Dlamini said the children gathered at the spot near the railway line, which is about 80 metres from her home, and started shouting for people to come and look.

“I was at the back of the house at about 7.30 am and these children called me and some started to move away from the rest. Even before I could get close enough to see the body I was repelled by the foul stench and green flies.

“I saw the body, chased the children away and contacted the area councillor who then phoned the police.

“This is bad for the children and people in general and it is frightening that all this time we moved around there was a dead person lying not far from our homes,” said Dlamini.

People from the neighbourhood tried hard to identify the body, but in vain.

In January, the decomposed body of a man was found dumped next to a water pump in Snathing, not far from where the woman was found.

Midlands police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the woman was about 40, short and of medium build with short black hair. She wore a navy blue and white dress, a purple beret and a wedding ring. The state of decomposition suggests that she had been lying in the field for about four days.

A post-mortem will be held to determine the cause and time of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective/Lieutenant Colonel Zweli Nzimande at 033 398 9754 or 084 773 5662.

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