WOMAN BEATEN TO DEATH boyfriend charged

2019-06-26 06:02
Ayanda Mncube. PHOTO: supplied

Ayanda Mncube. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Mncube family in Sweetwaters say they will not be at ease until they know why their daughter was killed. Ayanda­­ Mncube (35) was allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend, Mthokizisi Dlamini, at Caluza on Saturday evening.

According to a family member, they were told by Dlamini’s family that police had found him cuddling her dead body when they arrived at the scene.

The events leading to her death are not clear at this stage and the family says all they know is what they’ve been told by Dlamini’s family..

The mother of three had been in a relationship with Dlamini for a year and her family says they had met him, but did not have a relationship with him.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mncube’s cousin, Ziphezinhle Mchunu, told Echo: “We are still in the dark. We were informed of her death, by police, on Sunday afternoon, yet she died on Saturday evening.

“What we know is that she was beaten to death and that she had bruises all over her body.

“Her head was also swollen, which tells us that she was beaten until she died. We don’t know what was used to assault her, but we believe it may have been a stick,” said Ziphezinhle.

“We want to know why she was killed? We want the truth. No matter what she did, she did not deserve to die like that.”

Ziphezinhle said the family went to Dlamini’s house on Monday to ask what happened on the day that Mncube was killed but no one could give them proper details.

She said they were told that the [Dlamini] family is also unaware of what had happened.

“The only thing they told us is that the incident happened in the in the out-building.

“They say he [Dlamini] emerged from the out-building and told his cousin that he had killed Ayanda and the entire family ran to see if it was true.

“They said they didn’t hear any noises or any arguing but we have heard that [he] had beaten Ayanda in front of his friends in the past.

“We found out that [Dlamini] had gone back to cuddle Ayanda’s dead body after the incident.

“What kind of a person does that?

“We want the law to take its course. We want him to pay for what he did to her and us as a family,” said Ziphezinhle.

“Society does not need people like him.

“He is heartless; he must rot in jail, maybe that will also help our family get closure.”

Ziphezinhle said they never knew Dlamini personally or knew any details about their relationship.

“He would come visit Ayanda at home and Ayanda would go and visit him in Caluza, that is how we knew him.

“Ayanda would also tell us when she was going to visit him but on this particular day she didn’t say anything.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said Dlamini was arrested and appeared in Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for murder. Dlamini remains in custody and investigations are continuing.

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