Another south African lady “Zanele sandlana” was brutally raped and murdered in Khayelitha.
The 21-year-old Sandlana’s body was found among rubbish in an open field in TR Section, Lingelethu West, face down, her clothes removed except for a bra and a shoe on Monday, September 4.
A bottle was stuffed in her mouth and her body partly burnt. Her 2-year-old daughter is now an orphan as the father died last year.
Zanele’s mother, Nomawethu Sandlana, last saw her on Saturday morning when she left their Kuyasa home in Khayelitsha to go to a party at a friend’s home.
When the family havent heard from her and when she had not come home on Sunday, they opened a missing person’s case with police on Monday morning. The family was informed by Zanele’s friends that she had left the party early on Sunday.
Police called the mother on Monday night, informing her that a body had been found, fitting the description of her missing daughter.
Sandlana identified Zanele’s body at Tygerberg Hospital on Tuesday. Zanele’s sister Amanda said parts of her body had been burnt.
Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana, who confirmed the incident said a murder case was being investigated.
She said a 28-year-old man, who police took in for questioning, was released due to lack of evidence.
“The case is in the sensitive stages of investigation, therefore this office is not able to divulge more information on an ongoing investigation,” she said.
Amanda believes her sister was raped and strangled.
Zanele’s friend of 10 years, Zahania Tiya, who was with her at the party, told the Cape Times she last saw Zanele before 4am as her friend was leaving the party.
Tiya said she received a text message from Zanele’s mother on Monday morning asking where her daughter was but she did not know.
“All this time I had always thought she had left to go to her home,” said Tiya.