Slain woman was pregnant

2009-08-19 00:00

NOMPUMELELO Ndlovu, the young woman who was brutally murdered by a mentally disturbed man in the city centre on Monday, was seven months pregnant and should not have been in the city on Monday, said her friend, who was with her when the incident happened.

Ndlovu (24) was looking forward to giving birth to her baby in October, but was instead blud­geoned to death with a steel pipe by a mentally deranged man.

When The Witness visited her family at their home in the Lotheni area yesterday, they and their neighbours were still reeling from the shock of the incident.

Others described it as the most horrific thing ever to happen to anyone in the area.

Nokuthula Ndlovu, the friend who was with Nompumelelo in her final moments, said the attack was unprovoked and unexpected. Recounting what happened, she said they had passed the man on several occasions sitting next to the road, but had not exchanged any words with him, so they were taken by surprise when he attacked them.

“However, when we came out of the building, he stood up with a steel pipe and blocked my way. I jumped forward leaving Nompumelelo behind me.”

She said she then heard a loud sound and turned around to see the deranged man hitting Nompumelelo on the head with the steel pipe.

“He must have hit her at least four times on the head, which is why she suffered such massive head injuries. Even when she fell down, he continued to hit her all over her body, and no one could stop him. The police had to shoot him to get him to stop.”

Ndlovu said she was saddened by the death of her “dear friend”.

“She was not supposed to be in town. She was there helping me because that was the kind of friend she was.”

She said that Nompumelelo was giving her directions and had accompanied her to make sure she got to her destination.

Nompumelelo will be laid to rest this coming Saturday at her home in Lotheni.

Police yesterday confirmed that Nompumelelo was pregnant.

And as those who were witnesses are battling to come to terms with the violent and grisly nature of the attack they saw, police are appealing to them to come forward.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or who has information to share with the police regarding the incident, should call the investigating officer Rajeev Soorajbally at 033 845 2751 or 082 563 2172.

The suspect is still in hospital under police guard. A police spokesperson said yesterday that the docket would go to court tomorrow and that the matter would be adjourned in absentia.

People who work in Boom Street yesterday told The Witness they had often seen the man pushing his black rubbish bin. “But he has ne­ver intimidated me before,” said one woman.

Another witness criticised the slow response of the officers on the scene, who eventually only stopped the suspect hitting Nompumelelo by shooting him.

“He just carried on hitting her. Every word of restraint being uttered meant another blow; the clo­ser they came … another hit. It was just ghastly to see it being repeated and repeated. Not even the worst script for a horror movie is as bad.”

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