Man in dock for murder after allegedly bludgeoning girlfriend to death with hammer

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Sinathi Magqazana. (Photo: Facebook)
Sinathi Magqazana. (Photo: Facebook)
  • Sinathi Magqazana, 23, was found dead in Zwelihle in Hermanus on Saturday.
  • Her body was found in a refuse bag, allegedly at the door of her boyfriend's shack in the Marikana informal settlement.
  • Like Siphokazi Booi, murdered a week before, Magqazana had last been seen arguing with her boyfriend.

The boyfriend of a young woman bludgeoned to death with a hammer at the weekend, remains in custody after he appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court on a murder charge.

Sinathi Magqazana, 23, was found dead in Zwelihle, Hermanus on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut confirmed to News24 that her partner, Khanyile Ramba, 24, was arrested after he assaulted her during an apparent domestic dispute.

"He handed himself over to police," Traut said.

National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed Ramba appeared in the dock on charges of murder and malicious damage to property on Tuesday.

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The case was postponed to Friday for a bail profile to be compiled.

Magqazana's body was found in a refuse bag, allegedly at the door of her boyfriend's shack in the Marikana informal settlement. 

Her father, Mthelezi Mbovale, told News24 he had been getting ready to go to work on Saturday morning when two locals came to call him.

"They said I must go to Marikana. I asked them 'why, what happened' and they said my daughter is dead," her father said.

He said:

When I went there, I saw her because her head was sticking out outside the door. She had been put in a plastic bag and her head was black because of the blood. She had been beaten with a hammer.

"I don't remember much of what happened after that, because what I saw ..."

Close friend Zimbini Mqikela said the night before the murder, Sinathi's boyfriend had come to where they had been hanging out and demanded she go with him.

"He had forced her and then he beat her. We tried to fight him," she said.

She was unsure of where they had gone, but claimed the boyfriend returned in the early hours of that morning, carrying a hammer and crying. They had chased him away, Mqikela said.

"The next morning, we heard of a woman lying at the shack. We went there and saw her body, in a black plastic. We were very shocked - Sinathi was a very respectful person who treated people well. She was quiet and went to church. She loved her friends. She didn't deserve to die this way."

Locals had since broken down the shack, Mqikela said, because "that is what is done when someone does wrong to another person".

Magqazana's murder comes less than a week after the burnt body of Siphokazi Booi was found next to a railway line in Mbekweni, Paarl, last Sunday.

Her boyfriend, Sithobele Qebe, was expected to apply for bail in the Paarl Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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Booi's charred remains were found after her body had been stuffed into a wheelie bin and set alight.

Her murder came a month after Qebe was arrested for severely beating up Booi.

He faces charges of murder and assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

He had been arrested after fleeing when police arrived at his shack to question him. Angry locals had demolished his home and set his car alight after Booi’s murder.

Magqazana had, like Booi, last been seen arguing with her boyfriend.

Speaker in the provincial legislature Masizole Mnqasela, who visited the family on Tuesday, said he had spoken to the community safety MEC to execute a watching brief over the case to ensure proper oversight.

"It's a terrible incident, a tragedy for the community [especially] after we just concluded Women's Month," he said.

He said:

He used a hammer and beat her up, until her last breath. This is a most horrific incident. This is not someone that deserves to live among humans. This individual is barbaric, a monster.

Mnqasela said while he respected the principle that all are presumed innocent before being proven otherwise, he hoped that the State would do "everything possible to ensure that if he is guilty, he remains behind bars for the longest term".

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