Cele to make a statement after one of the accused in KZN murders is found dead

17 August 2020 - 08:49 By Lwandile Bhengu

One of the two men due to appear in court on Monday morning in connection with the deaths of five women on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast has died.

A source close to the investigation said two men arrested in connection with the gruesome discovery of the bodies of five women, aged between 16 and 38, were due to appear in the Umzumbe magistrate’s court. However, it is understood police discovered the body of one of the men at the Hibberdene police station on Monday.

The arrests followed the deaths of neighbours Akhona Gumede, 25, and Nosipho Gumede, 16, Neliswe Dube, 22, Zama Zama Chiliza, 38, and an unidentified woman in her 20s between April and last week.

On Saturday, police minister Bheki Cele visited the area and confirmed the two men were scheduled to appear in court.

The minister was speaking during his visit to Mtwalume, where he addressed a crowd of about 100 people who had gathered where the latest body was discovered on Wednesday.

Police have confirmed Cele will make a statement about the latest developments in Umzumbe on Monday.

Meanwhile, dozens of women gathered outside the Umzumbe magistrate's court on Monday ahead of the court appearance. The placard-carrying women sang as a police van carrying one accused entered the court precinct.

Officials said media were not allowed to name or photograph the man.

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