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By unknown | Jul 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The parents of student Vukani Ndlovu are relieved that eight months of agony is finally over after his lifeless body was found.

Ndlovu, 23, of Ntshawini near KwaDukuza on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast, disappeared mysteriously last September. His remains were discovered in a bush next to Blythdale Beach - a place he frequented as a boy.

Ndlovu, a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Johannesburg, was going to write his last exam paper on the eve of his disappearance.

On Friday police alerted the family about the discovery of skeletal remains near Blythdale Beach. A student card with his name, keys, shorts, bag and a rope were found next to the remains.

Police suspect that Ndlovu committed suicide by hanging himself. His father apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in 2000.

The family was yesterday planning to bury him on Friday.

Ndlovu's sister, Bongiwe Ndlovu, 25, said before his death, Vukani had returned home from Johannesburg to attend a traditional cleansing ceremony for their dead brother.

"He had an argument with my mother and told her that he was going to hell when he died. Nobody took him seriously because he was always joking," said Bongiwe.

The last time she saw him he told her that he was going to say goodbye to his friends.

"His friends always accompanied him to Durban Station where he would take a train to Gauteng. We discovered that he never went to their homes," Bongiwe said.

When the family realised that he was missing, they searched for him without any luck. Three days later they noticed that the rope used to tie the goat for the traditional cleansing ceremony was missing and began to worry.

Bongiwe said just when the family had given up hope, his remains were found.

"It's a relief to finally find his body, though it is hard for the family to accept," said Bongiwe.

Police spokesman Captain Phindile Nxumalo said they were able to trace him because of the student card. She said some bones have been taken in for DNA testing to verify if they are indeed Vukani's," she said.


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