Two more women murdered

2008-02-11 00:00

TWO more women have been murdered in Pietermaritzburg, both allegedly by their boyfriends in the early hours of yesterday morning.

In both incidents, the boyfriends called family members soon after the deaths.

The first incident took place in Newholmes, Northdale, where a 27-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her 30-year-old boyfriend.

Gail Papli’s bloodied and lifeless body was discovered by her boyfriend’s father after he was called following the stabbing.

The Govenders, from whom Papli rented an outbuilding, said they did not hear anything, but were woken by the boyfriend’s father and the police.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said police found Papli lying on the bed with stab wounds to her neck at 12.20 am.

They found the boyfriend a short distance away, sitting in his car, after he fled and phoned his parents. The pair had apparently argued on Sunday evening.

Port Shepstone-born Papli was a masters student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and worked there part time.

She had been renting from the Govenders since February last year. Her south coast family did not want to comment.

A close male friend of Papli’s, who did not want to be named, said she met her boyfriend soon after moving in at the Govenders’ flat.

“What a loving person she was, soft-hearted and always worried about her friends,” he said.

University spokesman Professor Dasarath Chetty said they “are deeply saddened” by Papli’s murder. She was studying towards a Masters of Science in Microbiology.

Meanwhile, a Sobantu woman was beaten with a stick, kicked and then strangled to death, allegedly by her boyfriend who arrived home drunk.

Jeevan said 32-year-old Mlungile Judith Maduna had bruises on her neck and all over her body when police found her on her bed. She said the 35-year-old boyfriend arrived home drunk and “allegedly began assaulting her with a stick and also kicking … her all over her body”. He then allegedly strangled her and dragged her into their room, where he went to sleep.

“A few hours later he informed his family members that she did not want to wake up,” said Jeevan.

When his relatives found that Maduna was dead, they called the police.

The man has been arrested.

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