The acting provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, has welcomed the conviction and sentence handed down to a man, who brutally murdered a mother and her child, in Tongaat, last year.
Last week, the Durban High Court sentenced 30-year-old Bongani Bhamuza Gumede to two terms of life imprisonment for the heinous crime.
The hefty sentence followed the discovery of the bodies of 23-year-old Zinhle Ntuli and her five-year-old daughter, Snothile, who were found in a shallow grave in Desainagar Park Avenue.
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Provincial police spokesman, Brig Jay Naicker said that on December 18, 2017, a member of the community spotted blood on a pathway. He suspected that someone was dragged into the bush.
“When he followed the blood trail into the bush, he found what looked like a newly dug grave. Police were immediately contacted and police officers from the Search and Rescue Unit were summoned to the scene,” said Brig Naicker.
Police officers made the gruesome discovery of the bodies of a mother and child with open wounds to their heads.
Charges of murder were opened at Tongaat SAPS and a thorough investigation followed.
Investigations revealed that the accused killed his victims with a hammer before he buried their bodies in a shallow grave.
“Although the accused went into hiding, he was traced and ultimately arrested in Jozini on December 31, 2017,” added Brig Naicker.
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Following his arrest, he made several court appearances. His bail was successfully opposed and he remained in custody until he was sentenced.
Lt Gen Mkhwanazi said, “We wish to commend Det Sgt Pinky Mazwayi from Tongaat SAPS for working tirelessly to ensure that the suspect was arrested and placed before court in a short space of time after the bodies were discovered.”
According to Lt Gen Mkhwanazi, the police officer’s hard work and dedication in putting together a well investigated case before court contributed to the suspect being convicted.
“We are pleased that this cold blooded killer is behind bars where he belongs and will not be able to harm any more women and children in our province,” he said in conclusion.
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