A South African family in Hermanus is struggling to come to terms with the murder of 24-year-old Sinathi Magqazana, who is believed to have been bludgeoned to death with a hammer.
According to ioL, the young womanâ€™s body was found in a trash bag, allegedly at the door of her boyfriend’s shack in Marikana informal settlement, Zwelihle, early on Saturday morning.
Irate residents demolished his shack on Monday.
The incident comes a week after the dismembered and charred remains of 27-year-old Siphokazi Booi from Mbekweni in Paarl were found dumped near a train station. Her boyfriend Sithobele Qebe is on trial for her murder.
Police spokesperson Wesley Twigg said a case of murder was under investigation, and a 23-year-old suspect had been arrested in connection with Magqazanaâ€™s murder.
Her mother, Nozuko Mbovane, said two local children came to the family at about 11am, saying they were urgently needed in Marikana.
â€śMy husband rushed to the scene and found her body by the door. Her head and entire upper body was in a black plastic refuse bag. Her face was swollen and had a wound behind her ear. A hammer was also beside her body. He apparently handed himself over to the police.â€ť
Mbovane said her daughter was the mother of a 3-year-old son.
â€śHer clothes were dirty and full of sand, as if she had been dragged, and both sides of her cheeks had scratches.â€ť
It is alleged that the boyfriend had assaulted her earlier this year.
“I decided to inform her parents, and we talked to him. She refused that her parents lodge a case against him with police,â€ť said April.
The man is expected to appear at Caledon Magistrateâ€™s Court next week.
Anyone with information about the incident can anonymously contact Crime Stop at 0860010111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.
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