A dead and tied up body of a South African minor was found in a dug hole near one of the Durban houses last Thursday.
The remains had been decomposing for at least three weeks, but the police managed to confirm they belonged to Siphumelele Mzimba, a 10-year-old girl who went missing last month.
According to the reports, Siphumelele was to visit a hairdresser whose parlour located minutes away from the girl’s home. However, the Grade 4 pupil never came back.
After the incident, the saddened family received several messages, which demanded R20,000 for their daughter. Mlungisi Nkala, the father of the missing child, later found Siphumelel in a bush near the hairdresser’s house.
“Only the bottom half of her body from the waist was intact. It was decomposed from the top of her head to her waist. It was bad. It was not just decomposed; parts were taken. But police told us the doctor would let us know tomorrow which parts were missing,” he said.
39-year-old Zandile Nsele, the hairdresser, was nabbed in Gauteng in connection with the case. The suspect had been arrested even before the gruesome discovery was made and she has appeared in the Pinetown Magistrates’ Court.
The investigation into the matter is under way.