Missing Mpumuza woman found murdered

2016-08-24 06:00
PHOTO: facebook Nokuthula Mpanza.

PHOTO: facebook Nokuthula Mpanza.

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THE community of Mpumuza is in shock after the body of a 36-year-old woman was found buried under rocks beside a riverbank last Thursday.

The discovery prompted police to launch a manhunt for the killers, according to the SAPS, of Nokuthula Mpanza, who was last seen alive on 5 August at around 1pm.

Mpanza’s body was discovered by members of the Community Crime Prevention Association in the area who went in search for her after the disappearance. The police suspect Mpanza was killed at another location and her body dumped beside the riverbank in the night.

Her cousin Nompumelelo Malinga said they filed a missing person’s report at the Plessislaer police station last Wednesday.

“The last time anyone spoke to her was on that Friday [5 August] afternoon when she said she was preparing to take part in the Spar Women’s race. Alarms were raised when no one had heard from her two days after the race and her phone was off.”

Mpanza owned a crèche in the area, and when she failed to show up for work and was still not answering her phone last Wednesday, her colleague became suspicious and went to check on her at her house.

Malinga said her cousin lived alone in a two-room house on the same property as her elder brother.

She said upon investigating the colleague found blood on the walls in Mpanza’s bedroom and raised the alarm.

“She alerted the family and we began to look for her with the help of community members and the police. As a family we are shocked, we still had hopes of finding her alive.

“Why would anyone do this to a woman in Women’s Month? Nokuthula was harmless and did not deserve to die like this. She was a loving person who was liked by everyone.

“She worked hard and was successful in everything she did. We are shocked that her life was taken away so tragically,” said Malinga.

Maritzburg Echo discovered that after Mpanza’s disappearance an immediate family member was taken in for questioning by the police, but later released.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela confirmed that a woman’s body had been found.

“The body was found facing down, covered by a pile of stones beside a riverbank. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage, but police are investigating.”

The police are working around the clock to catch the perpetrators.

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