HILLCREST-BASED based private investigation agency, Rick Crouch & Associates, has been retained by the family of the late Villa Maria Primary School principal Nokuthula Magwanyana to assist and supplement the police investigation of their family member’s murder. Nokuthula Magwanyana was found hacked to death in her car on the Table Mountain Road on 26 August, 2015 at about 3pm. Three suspects - Thamsanqa Ngcobo (30), Nkosiphindile Zuma (19) and Mduduzi Mkhize (22) - were previously arrested but charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Ngcobo, is still facing a single count of theft of Magwanyana’s cellphone. "The fact that the family has hired us should in no way be interpreted as the family being dissatisfied with the official police investigation, in fact it is quite the opposite. They are happy with how the investigation is proceeding, but are also aware that the police are strained for resources. “We are simply here to supplement their investigation and any evidence we uncover will be turned over to the investigating officer," said private investigator Crouch. "This was not a robbery, it was a contract killing. The killers were hired by a third party to commit this horrendous crime in order to get Nokuthula Magwanyana out of the way. There are people who know what happened, and we are offering a reward for any information that results in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. “Think if this was a member of your family, would you not want someone to come forward with information? This is a busy road, especially so at the time of the murder. Someone must have witnessed something. “If anyone witnessed the incident on 26 August 2015, or if they know what the motive behind the hit was, or who has information as to the identity of the killers or the person who hired them, please contact me in confidence." Anyone with information is urged to contact Crouch at 076 449 5263 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Supplied.