She felt sick to her stomach. As she stared at the picture on her cellphone screen, Ntombovuyo Mtembeni kept telling herself there must be some mistake – it couldn’t possibly be her cousin, Nosicelo Mtembeni, who’d been killed in such a horrific way.
She didn’t want to believe that it was her relative who was dismembered, stuffed into a suitcase and discarded on a street corner just metres from her home in Quigney, East London.
But as she stared at the grim pictures that did the rounds on social media, Ntombovuyo knew deep down that it was true. That her beloved cousin, who was a law student at the University of Fort Hare, had been murdered – and in the most brutal of ways