Langelihle Chagwe and Ntwaagae Seleka
When Matshidiso Motadinyane, 43, went missing on November 8, her boyfriend told her friends that he did not know where she was.
When her friends and members of her community at Hospital Hills informal settlement, south of Johannesburg, went out to search for her this weekend, the 39-year-old man joined them, still pretending that he didn't know what had happened to her.
The strong stench coming from an outside pit toilet where Motadinyane lived led them to her decomposing body.
When they discovered her boyfriend had her cellphone and keys to her house, they became suspicious. They attacked him. He was rescued from the angry crowd by the police, who had been called to the crime scene. He was taken into custody and will face a murder charge.
Emotions ran high and tempers flared yesterday as residents bayed for the man's blood.
Some women in the crowd openly wept as the body was removed from the toilet.
Diana Kantiti, 45, Motadinyane's friend, said the boyfriend was abusive.
Kantiti said she suspected that he had killed her after she saw him with Motadinyane's cellphone and keys on Saturday.
She was shocked that he had even accompanied her to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in search of her friend.
Motadinyane was found wrapped in a blanket.
Elizabeth Mnune, 38, told Sowetan that she was shocked by the gruesome crime, especially because they knew the dead woman.
Residents said this was not acceptable.
Kantiti said she saw the boyfriend carrying an acid container and pouring it in the toilet. When she asked him why he was pouring acid in the toilet, he said he was cleaning it.
She said the boyfriend was a jailbird who was released from prison recently after serving a 15-year sentence for a similar offence.
Dimakatso Masekwa, 39, could not hold back tears when her cousin's body was taken out of the pit toilet.
Motadinyane was employed at a clinic in Lenasia.