‘She said he loved her’

2010-04-22 00:00

THE mother of the young woman murdered at the weekend, allegedly by her boyfriend, Gerald Rosselloty, said yesterday her daughter brought him home to meet her, and said he wanted to marry her.

Busisiwe Madondo of Greytown is the mother of Nokwazi Mkhize (29), whose burnt body was found in a Hilton plantation on Saturday.

Madondo said she only met Rosselloty once, about three months ago.

“My daughter had brought him home to meet me. But the man just greeted me and they both left without even sitting down. She used to tell me that he wanted to marry her, but she would say that she was not ready for that commitment,” Madondo said.

She said she never spoke to Rosselloty, although he would often bring her daughter home. She said he would drop her at the gate and leave.

“I used to hear that they were in real love as they often talked over the phone. She never told much about her feelings for the man,” she said.

She said her only daughter always brought treats when she came home.

“Every time she would come home she would bring me Danones, sweets and a packet of chips,” said Madondo.

She spoke while sitting with her 81-year-old mother, Melina Ntuli, on the back of an open bakkie. They had wrapped themselves in blankets as a sign of grieving.

They were returning to her two-room house in Nhlalakahle township’s low-cost housing section, in Greytown, after she had seen her daughter’s remains in a Pietermaritzburg mortuary. Her nephew, Nqobani Zondi (24), had accompanied them.

“Although her body was badly burnt, I was able to identify her because I know my daughter,” she said, avoiding eye contact.

Madondo is unemployed and survives on a disability grant. The left side of her body is lame following a stroke a few years ago.

“My daughter was unemployed, but she used to do odd jobs in Howick. She was the only child I had after her elder sister died while she was a baby,” she said.

Madondo said she last saw her daughter when she left for Howick last Thursday.

“She had promised to return home the following day, but she didn’t do it. I’m only left with a picture of her while she was a baby, and even that picture is no longer clear because it was taken a long time ago. She would always take her ID with her,” Madondo said.

Mkhize’s murder shocked neighbours in Nhlalakahle.

Zondi said Mkhize was friendly to everyone.

“Although she lived in Howick for job-hunting purposes, she would often visit Nhlalakahle because that was where she had many friends. She loved telling jokes and she lived a free life.”

He said Mkhize was a dressmaker and would often help her friends prepare for their weddings.

“If ever there is a funeral in the neighbourhood, she would be there to help,” said Zondi.

Zondi said the family wants justice to take its course. “I want nothing to jeopardise this case, because I want this bastard to be punished.”

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