Missing pupil’s body found

2016-06-01 06:00

A 13-YEAR-OLD Tugela Secondary School pupil’s decomposing body was found on Friday, 27 May, after she had been reported missing by her mother on Tuesday, 24 May.
The deceased, Nandipha Mbatha, is from Hlomendlini, Newark, and the discovery of her body invoked the ire of the community, who believe she was raped and then murdered.

Newark SAPS spokesperson Malusi Ngubane said angry community members set alight a house they believe the person who they suspect of raping and killing the pupil was hiding in.

“No one was injured when the house was burnt down because we believe the occupants of the house had been informed of the community’s intentions, and made off,” said Ngubane.

He said community members did not want to tell the police the name of the person they suspect of the murder.

On Tuesday morning the pupil left for school as usual but when she did not return that day her mother inquired with school officials about her daughter’s whereabouts.

“That is when the mother learnt that her child had not attended school that day, and she then reported the matter to the Newark SAPS,” said Ngubane.

He said police began searching the area for the missing child on Tuesday evening until her body was found on Friday.

“The mother of the deceased was at the police station with a recent photo of her child when she received a phone call informing her that her daughter’s body had been found,” said Ngubane.

He said police suspect the child was raped because a used condom was found near her body and that her school tie was used to strangle her to death.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Shooz Magudulela said a 41-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday.
“He is expected to appear today [Tuesday] in the KwaDukuza Magistrates Court,” said Magudulela.

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