School principal’s murder - two suspects arrested

2015-09-10 06:00
                                      PHOTOS: FILEVilla Maria Primary School principal Nokuthula Magwanyana’s car on the Table Mountain Road where she was found hacked to death.

PHOTOS: FILEVilla Maria Primary School principal Nokuthula Magwanyana’s car on the Table Mountain Road where she was found hacked to death.

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POLICE made a breakthrough last Friday­ in the murder case of Villa Maria School principal, Nokuthula Magwan- yana­, when two men were arrested­.

The suspects were taken to the Mountain Rise police station last Friday by Mountain Rise detectives who traced Magwanyana’s cellphone to a foreign-owned shop in Pietermaritzburg.

Although police spokesperson Colonel­ Jay Naicker said the suspects, aged 22 and 30, were arrested for murder­, police sources said the arrest was made on charges of possession of stolen items instead.

The two men were due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court this week.

“Other merits of the case cannot be revealed at this stage since they are part of police investigation,” Naicker said.

Magwanyan’s body was found in her car on the Table Mountain Road on 26 August as she was returning to her Hammarsdale­ home after school.

She suffered eight deep cuts to the back of her neck, her upper back, shoulder and right leg. The side of her face was also deeply cut.

It is suspected that Magwanyana was killed by a group who had been trying to intimidate her into resigning after her appointment as principal reportedly sparked tension.

The school’s offices had been ­vandalised with messages painted on the wall threatening that Magwanyana would be killed if she did not resign

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