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Another body found mutilated

Dogs blamed, boyfriend arrested and locals convinced it is a serial killer...


A THIRD female body was discovered by locals, naked and mutilated beyond recognition, in open fields in Makhanda last week.


Nontombi, who is yet to be fully identified, was found in Victoria Street eNgcakeni lying on her back naked, with several stab wounds, no eyes, no breasts, no knee-caps, a missing calf muscle, her face had been deskinned and her private part carved out. A man believed to be the boyfriend of Nontombi, is in police custody.


The man, in his 50s, was arrested last Thursday night after community members questioned him about Nontombi’s whereabouts and he acted suspiciously. They called the police who found blood stains on a shirt he was wearing and around the house. “A case of murder is being investigated and the man will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate court early this week,” said Captain Mali Govender.


A high-level delegation of experienced senior police officers have been assigned to investigate this case at the instruction of Makana Mayor, Mzukisi Mphahlwa. Linathi Mabindisa was one of the people that discovered the latest body. “It was a horrible sight; it is horrible to see the things we see in this dark neighbourhood with no working street lights,” said Mabindisa.


Other bodies found:


In April and May this year two female bodies were found in the same condition, in the same neighbourhood. In 2015, a woman in her twenties was found in bushes near Extension 7 and on September 6, another was discovered by herdsmen in Joza.


Prior to the arrest on Thursday, the police had made no arrests for any of the cases. They alleged that the bodies were mauled by dogs, as in the case of Nontombi. Community members rejected this, claiming that dogs do not target special genders when they attack.

“Postmortem results proved that it was dogs that attacked the women in the previous cases,” said Captain Govender. However, locals are convinced that there is a serial killer who is killing people as a sacrifice to make umuti (concoctions)


Meanwhile, the family of Julie- Ann Jennings (44) laid her to rest in Pefferville on Saturday. Jennings was found dead and mutilated on St Pauls Road close to the East London Zoo last week, after she had been missing for two days. She is survived by two sons, aged 7 and 5.

Although neighbours in Pefferville are convinced that she was killed by a man she had gone on a date with, police have confirmed that they have no leads.


The family has requested privacy for what has been a much-talked about case.



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