Fiance doubts fasting death


PROMINENT Pietermaritzburg businessman Seshi Chonco says he doesn’t believe his girlfriend and fiancé of five years, Purity Nelisiwe Majozi (43), died as a result of fasting for 40 days, as reported last week.

“My Nelly was not a devotee — she was someone who enjoyed life. Even though she was a born-again Christian she was not so crazy that she could fast for such a long time,” he said.

Majozi’s partially decomposed body was found in her flat in Roberts Road, Pietermaritzburg, last week, about 10 days after her death. She was the daughter of inkosi Sphiwe Majozi of AmaQamu tribal authority in Camperdown.

Chonco said: “I last had lunch with her on January 3 and I vividly remember that she had salmon and a salad. On January 9 we were planning to take a trip to Pretoria. She would not have been planning a fast for so many days because of the arrangements that we had.”

He said he became worried when he was unable to get hold of her to confirm their trip.

“When I visited the scene there was blood on the bathroom carpet where her body lay. I immediately ruled out the possibility of her dying as a result of fasting because if it was so there would not have been blood.”

Chonco said pathologists declared her death was due to natural causes because her body was decomposed when found.

“She had moved into the flat in December and was still waiting for the fridge. That would explain why she did not have food in her place, because she ate out,” he said.

Chonco said Nelly was looking forward to doing her bachelor of theology degree and was about to start working as a junior pastor and counsellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“We were investing in our future together, but I have accepted that she is gone and I am at peace with that,” he said.

A source who wished to remain anonymous said pathologists found there were no signs of injury and her stomach was empty.

She said the blood coming from Majozi’s mouth was a result of decomposition.

An inquest docket has been opened.

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