Lover stuffed in freezer

2011-02-25 00:00

RESIDENTS of Emakwatasi in Hammarsdale outside Pietermaritzburg are reeling in shock following a discovery of a woman’s frozen body stashed in a freezer.

The naked, partly decomposed body of 32-year-old Nompumelelo Khanyile was found in a house at 28 Jordan Road at about 8 pm on on Sunday.

Now police are hunting for the woman’s boyfriend, Muzi Khoza (27).

Khoza is believed to be hiding in his hometown of Harrismith in the Free State.

Said one of the first police officers to arrive at the scene, “When we entered the house, which was unlocked, we were welcomed by a strong stench.

“We had gone into the house after two men raised a concern that something bad might have happened to their friend Muzi. But when we opened the freezer we found the woman’s frozen body. There were two fans running despite there being no one in the house.”

The Witness saw the freezer, which had bloodstains, lying on its side with its door missing.

Khoza and Khanyile were last seen together at 63 Jordan Road — the house belongs to Khoza’s sister — where they were drinking alcohol with a group of friends.

A few days later Khoza and a friend arrived at Khanyile’s homestead in Intshanga and inquired about Khanyile’s whereabouts.

“On the following day I met him in Hammarsdale and he told me that Mpume [Nompumelelo’s nickname] was fine,” said Khanyile’s younger sister Zama (28).

The family was shocked when it learnt about the discovery. By that time Khoza could not be traced.

Khanyile’s other sister, Wandile (25), said she had been pleading with Nompumelelo to leave Khoza after he had assaulted her.

“It had become common for my sister to be assaulted, but she refused to break up with him,” said Wandile.

Khoza has allegedly admitted the murder to his family in Harrismith.

His elder sister, Mantombi Khoza, said, “He said after he had discovered that she was dead he concealed the body in the freezer so that it wouldn’t decompose.”

Mantombi left the house to Khoza after her employer transferred to Newcastle in August last year.

“This man should be arrested because he is also a menace to the family. I even took a transfer because he was threatening me in my own house,” said Mantombi.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane has appealed to anyone who knows Khoza’s whereabouts to call Warrant Officer Dumsani Ndlovu at 079 5000 586.

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