Toddler's cries lead to grim discovery

2012-10-03 11:17

Pietermaritzburg - A 2-year-old crying in a locked house in Imbali unit 14 led the community to a gruesome discovery - her parents lying dead inside.

The family speculate something they drank may have caused their deaths.

The crying child and a bad smell emanating from the house on Sunday alerted neighbours that something was wrong and police were called.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said officers forced their way in when there was no response to their knocking.

The child was taken to hospital, and then police found the bodies of the couple - Christopher Nkabini, 50, and his wife, Thandiwe Zondi, 34.

They had no visible injuries, said Jeevan.

Traditional medicine

Nkabini’s brother Nathi told The Witness that they were called on Sunday by one of the neighbours.

“We had to rush from kwaMafunze to Imbali only to find my brother’s lifeless body on the floor near the toilet and his wife on the bed. Their 2-year-old girl child was crying hysterically,” he said.

Nkabini said: “In the house police found three two-litre bottles next to the bed and one of them contained something resembling traditional medicine, which I suspect they were using.”

Jeevan said a post mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death. An inquest docket has been opened.

Police are making an appeal to anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Amar Subrim of SA Police Service Plessislaer, on his office number 033 3989784 or on 079 5648000.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-03 11:30

    That's a sad story, shame man. There's too many fly-by-night herbalists/traditional healers out there, no training at all. Fraudsters chasing after money and taking innocent lives.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-03 11:52

      Find the witchdoctor! - 2012-10-03 12:25

      These traditional healers are dark voodoo practitioners, there is no place for this superstitious rubbish in a modern civilization, gone with them now! The miners who got shot also believed in these traditional healers songomas, believe in this primitive nonsense and you die.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-03 14:31

      Stupid to believe in that sh*t in the first!

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-03 11:35

    Omw shame how very sad! That poor child !

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-03 11:45

    Poor little child what chance has it got of growing up to be a normal happy human being.

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-03 11:49

    The child is old enough to know what has happened to the parents. This is so sad.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-03 11:59

    What a shame and another orphan child. This is so sad.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-03 12:01

    Find the culprit and charge him for murder.Sell off his assets and form a trust fund for the toddler.

  • moseshi.malatjie - 2012-10-03 12:17

    it's high Mutis get regulated really!!!

      moseshi.malatjie - 2012-10-03 12:21

      high time

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-03 12:47

      Regulated - no exposed as complete mumbo-jumbo - yes execpt that will never happen because we have know-nothing politicians who believe is this BS and are dead scared they will be bewitched if they act against it.

  • customdesign - 2012-10-03 14:06

    Lock up these bloody Sangomas- they are up to no good. They are cause for so many deaths of people who don't know better in South Africa. This case, Marikana, and many others. They should not be allowed to practice traditional medicine without a license. There is a reason why doctors study ethics at university.

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-10-03 17:27

    I don't think suicide was the intention, if it were, they were going to make the child drink too...there should be a full investigation.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-10-03 20:01

    Its very heartbreaking, so sad. Poor child.

  • norman.lewis.716 - 2012-10-04 08:57

    The poor child lost both her parents in one incident. Very, very sad. My heart goes out to her.

  • Jane - 2012-10-04 09:18

    When will people stop believing in all this rubbish concoctions these "herbalists" sell. If you want a herbal remedy go to clicks or a certified herbalist, not some person selling you stuff out of plastic cooldrink bottle.

  • christo.pretorius.3532 - 2012-10-04 10:11

    Thats why companies test medicine and witch doctors kill people!

  • innis.cloete - 2012-10-05 07:55

    ai, arme, arme kind.

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-05 08:10

    Why do SA have witchdoctors anyway? There is a reason why you study 7 years to become a doctor.

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-05 10:53

    This is a terrible story. People need to learn to trust doctors and stop some of the nonsense of using some of these untested medicines.

  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2012-10-05 12:40

    yesssss im going to drink my grass concoction and now i will get rich, i will drive a merc .... own a mansion and be on idols .... hold on , im not alive anymore ?

      mfundi.ndaba - 2012-10-05 13:17

      Wow! You are a very compassionate human being. What a cold thing to say.

  • megan.perrow - 2012-10-06 00:28

    I totally agree, and I do believe herbs are good for a number of things but certain herbs are deadly when mixed with others and in overdose. If your going to do the herbal way, buy from a trained professional who has a license or better yet from legit health shops. Sangomas or witch doctors just breed more ignorance and now there's 1 more orphan.

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