Two Grade 12 girls were hacked and dismembered in their home

Two Grade 12 girls were hacked and dismembered in their home

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Two Grade 12 school girls were brutally murdered in a rented house in Ngwangwane Village in southern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). They were allegedly killed by a man in his twenties. The suspect escaped from custody after his arrest but was recaptured eventually.


The two Grade 12 learners were allegedly attacked with an axe, according to the KZN Department of Social Development (DSD).

A man in his twenties allegedly entered the house in the early hours of the morning and hacked the girls to death before dismembering their bodies.

One of the victims’ bodies was left in the house while the other was found approximately five kilometres away.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday afternoon. On Monday, he was taken to the scene of the crime to show police where he dumped one of the victims.

During the pointing out, the suspect reportedly jumped into the nearby river and swam across it in a bid to escape.

The police called in a K9 Unit for backup, which traced the suspect to a St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission church house, where he was re-arrested.


Mthobisi Dlamini, the Ward 8 Councillor, said the two grade 12 girls were among a large group of learners from neighbouring wards and municipalities who rent houses in the area to be closer to their schools.

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

“However, the fact that police arrested this man made us happy. We could not sleep yesterday when he escaped. We are happy too that the body of the other child was finally found in the early hours of this morning,” said Dlamini.

On Tuesday, KZN social development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, said the incident was “totally abhorrent and sickening” and offered her condolences to the families of the victims.

“It is very painful that we start Women’s Month with such a horrific incident. We find solace in the fact that law enforcement agencies quickly arrested the suspect, even though he tried to evade justice,” said Khoza.


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