Pregnant nurse found dead

2018-09-20 06:00
Gamalakhe CHC nurse Nelisa Cele was found dead in Oribi Gorge. PHOTO: supplied

Gamalakhe CHC nurse Nelisa Cele was found dead in Oribi Gorge. PHOTO: supplied

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A 31-YEAR-OLD nurse was found dead in Oribi Gorge last Friday.

The nurse, who has been confirmed to be Nelisa Cele, was six months pregnant and had been an enrolled nurse at the Gamalakhe Community Healthcare Centre since 2011.

According to a statement released by Department of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Cele was last seen by family members on Wednesday and was reported missing with the Gamalakhe police.

She reportedly took leave for Wednesday to finalise a car deal and take delivery of the new vehicle, however she never returned home.

On Friday, a Johannesburg tourist who had been following birds and taking photographs made a grim discovery. It is alleged that after capturing an image of a bird and then taking a closer look at it, he noticed what looked like a human figure. Upon further investigation, the tourist confirmed that it was indeed human remains, covered in a cloth, and alerted SAPS.

Hlongwane said it was believed that Cele’s murderer(s) had tried to throw the body down the cliff in the hopes that it would never be found, but the body got stuck on tree branches.

“The murder of a healthcare workers is always a sad day for us, because these are people who are tasked to do the Lord’s work, which is to save lives and bring healing to those who are ailing. These incidents are therefore extremely concerning. There is just no place for brutal incidents such as this one in our society,” said Dhlomo.

“It is unacceptable, and we call on law enforcement authorities to do everything in their power to bring the responsible person(s) to book.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time, and would also like to urge anyone who might have information regarding this murder to come forward and alert law enforcement authorities,” said Dhlomo.

Police confirmed the incident, saying a murder case was being investigated by Paddock police.

“The motive for the killing and the suspects are still unknown. Investigations are still continuing,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.


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