Suspect in case of murdered Mhluzi woman to appear in court

Crime scene police tape. IMAGE Supplied

A body of a tortured and murdered woman that was found yesterday morning has led to a violent protest in the township of Mhluzi.

The residents of Mhluzi sparked a violent protest last night, where they attacked foreign shop owners, suspecting that they had something to do with the murder of the unknown woman.

Mpumalanga police say they are escorting foreign nationals out of the town, after their shops were robbed during violent protests.

Looted foreign shop during the protest. PIC NEWS24

The body of the unknown woman was found with a plastic bag wrapped over her head while the rest of her body was wrapped with a blanket‚ SAPS spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

“Police further discovered that she may have been burnt with a hot plate and stabbed or cut with sharp objects on the body. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death‚” Hlathi added.

The body was discovered by a by-passer on Wednesday morning.

“So far the reason for the murder is unknown yet but preliminary investigations suggest that the victim was killed at a different place‚ then dragged and dumped where she was found‚” Hlathi said.

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It is reported that the victim was declared dead by paramedics who were called to the scene and a case of murder was opened. Police officers then began an investigation followingpossible clues‚ which led them to Pretoria in Gauteng‚ where they arrested a suspect.

The suspect is a 26-year-old man. His identity and how he was linked to the victim has not yet been disclosed.

The suspect is expected to make an appearance in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (19 Oct 2018).

“So far the victim is still not yet identified and police urge anyone who might have lost a family member‚ a woman in her late twenties‚ to come forth‚” Hlathi said.

(edited by NN)

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