Tebogo Msimanga |
A 41-year-old suspect, Sthembiso Lamula appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on 9 April 2021 for two counts of murder and kidnapping.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele said on 6 October 2020, at 06:30, KwaDabeka police received a complaint of a double murder along Lwandle Drive in KwaDabeka near Umngeni River and proceeded to the scene.
“On arrival, the police found the bodies of two females victims packed in a big suitcase and dumped. The bodies were later identified as of a 36-year-old mother Simangele Simamane and her daughter Sbongakonke Mthembu (13).”
Mbele added that the victims had multiple injuries on the bodies and their necks were tied with a rope. The mother sustained open wounds on the back of the head, multiple injuries on the face, bruises on the neck and burn wounds on the left leg and on the body. “Her daughter had bruises on the neck and a stab wound on the left hip. It is alleged that the victims were kidnapped before they were killed.”Explained Mbele.
The suspect will appear in court again on 16 April 2021.