Two life sentences for murderer

2018-09-27 06:02
PHOTO: andile sitholeDetectives (from left) Warrant Officer Richard Naidoo, Sergeant Pinky Mazwayi, Lieutenant Colonel Noh Ndlanzi and Captain Veli Yaka.

PHOTO: andile sitholeDetectives (from left) Warrant Officer Richard Naidoo, Sergeant Pinky Mazwayi, Lieutenant Colonel Noh Ndlanzi and Captain Veli Yaka.

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A 29-YEAR old man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her daughter last year was handed down two life imprisonment sentences at the Durban High Court last week.

Bongani Gumede was found guilty on two counts of murder which occurred in December last year.

The bodies of Zinhle Ntuli (25) and her daughter Snothile Ntuli (5) were found in a shallow grave at Desainagar Park Avenue in Shalima Gardens.

According to Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane, a passerby who discovered the two bodies alerted the police after he caught sight of a trail of blood on a pathway.

“On arrival, the police noticed that there was a trail of blood staining the pathway following through the bush to the M4 highway. Upon closer inspection, the police noticed that someone had been dragged further down into the bush. The police then followed the trail which led them to a heap of sand.

“The search and rescue team was summoned to the scene and the two dead bodies were found in a shallow grave with the help of a sniffer dog. They both sustained facial and head injuries,” Ngwane said.

Ngwane said detectives Warrant Officer Richard Naidoo, Sergeant Pinky Mazwayi, Lieutenant Colonel Noh Ndlazi, and Captain Veli Yaka worked around the clock gathering evidence.

“Through perseverance, the investigation revealed that the deceased’s boyfriend Bongani Gumede, who had fled, was responsible for the murder case.

“The investigation led to the arrest of the suspect at Jozini, where he was in hiding, and he was later detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells,” Ngwane said.

SAPS Tongaat station commander Colonel Santha Moodley commended the SAPS Tongaat team, under the leadership of detective Lieutenant Colonel Ndlazi, for the teamwork during the investigation of this case.

“Detectives worked around the clock obtaining statements from witnesses, collecting evidence and following information.

“All the hard work paid off in the end, and finally a good conviction was secured which ensured that the accused spent the rest of his life behind bars.

“I welcome the conviction as it will serve as a strong warning to the perpetrators of crime,” Moodley said.

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