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.
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.
She said the justice system must send a strong message by imposing the harshest sentences against those who are found guilty of crimes related to the abuse of women and children.
She condemned the gruesome death of a young Soweto girl whose lifeless half naked body was found in an open field.
Ntshalintshali said she will request the Transversal Unit which is located in her office, to monitor the progress of all cases of abuse of women currently before courts throughout eMalahleni.
“We cannot fold our arms and deceive ourselves that what is happening elsewhere does not happen here in Emalahleni,” she said.
She appealed to churches, men’s groups and civic organisations to take a stand and say NO to attacks against women.
“The rising statistics on attacks against women is a real concern and we should not bury our heads in the sand as if it is not affecting women in eMalahleni,” she said.
The mayor encouraged women to stop showing mercy against their attackers by withdrawing cases opened with police.
“The struggle against the abuse of women is sometimes sabotaged by women who withdraw cases against their attackers,” she said.
Ntshalintshali started the mayoral committee meeting on Thursday last week by requesting members of her mayoral committee and officials to observe a moment of silence in honour of women who suffer in the hands of men.
Meanwhile, the eMalahleni Magistrate Court postponed the case of a 60-year-old man who allegedly molested his three step-grandchildren.
The case returns to court on 19 July 2017.
*Mabuza is a spokesman in mayor Ntshalintshali’s office.