Decapitated teen found in forest

2019-09-25 06:02
Nomcebo Zulu was found dead in Emaswazini.PHOTO: supplied

Nomcebo Zulu was found dead in Emaswazini.PHOTO: supplied

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THE SOKHELA family from Emaswazini was left devastated after their 19-year-old daughter was found dead in a small forest, with her head decapitated and placed next to her body.

Nomcebo Zulu’s (19) body was found in Emaswazini on Saturday by community members who had gone hunting.

The Grade 12 Kuhlekonke High pupil went missing from her home on August 3.

Her mother, Buyisile Sokhela, said the family believes that her daughter was kidnapped from their home and held captive for a few days, before she was killed.

She said Nomcebo was meant to go to church with the family but decided to stay behind at the last minute without providing any reasons.

“The church service ran through the night and we returned home in the early hours of Sunday morning and found that Nomcebo was not answering when we knocked.

All the rooms were locked but the house key was not in the usual place where she would hide it if she needed to go somewhere and nobody was home.”

“We looked for the key and we found it hidden in a wheelbarrow that was in the yard. From there we noticed that something was wrong. We went inside the room where we had left her but she was not there. We tried to call her on her phone but the call went straight to voicemail.

“After looking for her and asking around for about a week, we went to open a missing persons case at Taylors Halt Police Station on August 10 but we never got any response from the police after that,” said Sokhela.

Sokhela said that on August 15 they received a callback from Nomcebo’s cellphone but, when they tried to call, someone answered her phone, kept quite for a few seconds and eventually cut the call.

When they tried to call again, the phone went straight to voicemail and that was the last time her phone was on.

The family kept calling Nomcebo’s phone until they received the devastating news of her death from the hunters who knew Nomcebo and the family.

The police was then called to the scene.

“We never thought that we would find her dead and killed with such brutality. This is a difficult time for us as a family. It is painful and heartbreaking.”

Sokhela said Nomcebo was a quiet child who hardly left the house unless she was going to school or going to braid her hair at her cousin’s house in the area.

Nomcebo’s twin sister, Nocebo, who went to identify her body after she was found, said she has nightmares after what she saw on that day.

“She had a wound on her right thigh. She was half naked with only her underwear and a top on. I could not see much because I was so shocked and broken after seeing her like that,” said Nocebo.

“She did not deserve to die like that. She was a good person who loved laughing.”

Nocebo said her twin sister did not say anything to her prior to her disappearance, saying: “She was a very private person because she could not even share things with me or anyone at home.”

The family said they still waiting for a post mortem report to identify what might have led to her death.

Pietermaritzburg Police spokesperson Mthokosizi Ngobese confirmed the incident and said no one has been arrested.

Police are investigating a case of murder.

He, however, denied that there is a missing persons case opened for Nomcebo.

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