KZN Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, praises police for arresting man accused of brutal murder of two 12th graders

Nonhlanhla Khoza, MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, praised the police for apprehending the man suspected of the horrific murder of two 12th graders.

The two girls were hacked to death in their rented house in Ngwangwane village in southern KwaZulu-Natal.

A man in his twenties allegedly broke into the rented residence in the early hours of the morning, killed the girls with axes and mutilated their bodies.

One of the girls’ bodies was discovered in the house, while the other was discovered five kilometers away.

Khoza was shocked and disgusted by the gruesome deaths of the two students.

“We are in pain that these young women had to die like this. The attack on the helpless learners is utterly heinous and reflects the worst form of criminality and moral decline.

“It is very painful that we are starting Women’s Month with such a horrific incident. We take comfort in the fact that law enforcement quickly apprehended the suspect, even though he was trying to evade justice,” Khoza said.

She reiterated that not everyone who was involved in atrocities deserved to remain among the peace-loving people.

The continued murder of defenseless women and children is an unfortunate criminal act, the worst form of criminality, the decline of humanity, morality and Ubuntu, she said.

“He should be totally rejected and denounced in the strongest possible terms. We cannot continue like this as a society as we wake up daily to such horrific crimes. These crimes set us back as a democratic government.

Khoza expressed sympathy to the families of the two deceased girls.

The department team will offer psychosocial support to the family as well as to the learners and teachers of the school where the girls were enrolled.

The suspect was apprehended Sunday afternoon and brought to the scene Monday afternoon to report where he had dumped the other girl’s body.

However, in an attempt to escape, he jumped into the river and swam across.

Police had to call in the canine unit to help locate the suspect. He was apprehended by police at a local residence of St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission Church.

Ward 8 councilor Mthobisi Dlamini said the incident shocked the community.

Dlamini observed that a number of students from other neighborhoods and municipalities rent residence halls in Ward 8 in order to be closer to their schools.

“We have never experienced such a horrific incident. We have never slept since this incident happened because we feared that the criminals would strike again.

“However, the fact that the police arrested this man made us happy. We couldn’t sleep when he escaped. We are also happy that the body of the other child was finally found in the early hours of the morning,” he said.

Joel C. Hicks