Nawaaz Khan (23) of Gandhinagar, Umzinto, went missing on Saturday, 31 October 2015 and a missing person’s enquiry was subsequently registered with the Umzinto SAPS. All efforts to find him proved futile. It is alleged that he was last seen in the company of a close friend and this weekend, while being interviewed by detectives, the friend broke down and led them to a forest in neighbouring Isonti. Khan’s headless body was found lying in the bushes.
A 21-year-old suspect is in police custody and is expected to appear in the Umzinto Magistrates Court today. He has made a full confession to a commissioned police officer yesterday. Police have launched a manhunt for the traditional healer who is on the run. He is known to the detectives who expect to take him into custody soon. They are hopeful that his arrest would lead to the victim’s head and the murder weapon being recovered. Two more people, one from Msholozi Informal Settlement in Umzinto and the other from Dumisa, were taken in for questioning on Sunday night, 8 November 2015. They each allegedly bought one of the two cellphones that had belonged to the deceased.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police on the arrest of the suspect. “We strongly believe that the arrest of the alleged traditional healer is imminent. It is totally unacceptable that such cases are continuously being reported. We urge members of the community not to follow instructions of such merciless traditional healers but to rather report them to police,” she said.
Sources: Newsbreak Lotus, SAPS KZN, Rising Sun