Police in KwaZulu-Natal were, on Tuesday 29 September, alerted to the lifeless bodies of two women. The women, who were found in bushes in KwaMashu, were both shot in the head.
INVESTIGATION OPENED IN KWAMASHU
According to South African Police Service (SAPS) Captain Nqobile Gwala, charges of murder have been opened for investigation at KwaMashu SAPS.
“It is alleged today at 12:30, two bodies of women believed to be in their twenties were found in the bushes on Sigede Road at P Section in KwaMashu,” said Gwala.
“They were found with gunshot wounds to the head. The matter is still under investigation,” added Gwala.
Police also told The South African that the deceased women are still, at this stage, unknown and were found by a passerby. At 3:20 on Tuesday afternoon, the scene was still active.
SIX WOMEN FOUND DEAD IN MTHWALUME
Apart from the double murder in KwaMashu, police in KwaZulu-Natal said they could not rule out the possibility of a serial killer in Mthwalume last month.During the lockdown, the bodies of six women were found in the same area.
Two men were eventually arrested in connection with the murders. One of the suspects was released due to a lack of evidence, while the other allegedly confessed before committing suicide in police custody.
Exactly one month ago, on 29 August, the latest body was discovered “burnt beyond recognition” on the side of a road in Mthwalume.
KZN police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula said that police in the area were continuing to follow up on reports from members of the Mthwalume community suggesting that there may be more discoveries on the horizon.
“We are going to continue with our search because we need to address the fears in the community that there is a serial killer that is hovering around in the area,” he said.
“We are seeking more information, with other people claiming that there may be more bodies that were not part of the five that we became aware of who could have been killed by the suspect who confessed and is now deceased.”
On Sunday 7 June 2020 at 6:00, SAPS in Mariannhill attended to a complaint of murder on Stockville Road near Mariannhill Toll Plaza. Upon arrival at the scene, police found the body of a woman with multiple stab wounds. It was established that the deceased was killed in another area and was dumped near Giba Gorge on a foot pathway. The body was found by a member of the community who was coming from work.