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By unknown | Mar 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The family of 22-year-old Nozandile Maduna of Lamontville, whose body was found floating in the Umlazi River last Sunday, say they are not placated by the fact that the murder suspect, her ex-boyfriend, committed suicide yesterday under police guard.

Maduna went missing on Saturday afternoon. Her naked body was found in the river the next day.

Her ex-boyfriend, Bafana Mjantshi, was arrested on Tuesday. Police inspector Mhlonishwa Khawula confirmed that he committed suicide yesterday.

Khawula said the police took Mjantshi to the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital for forensic tests because he was also under suspicion of having raped Maduna.

"After the tests were done a policeman and the suspect had to go to a third floor in the hospital to get the results, Khawula said.

"While the police officer was busy collecting the results he jumped out of the window and died instantly."

Zethu, Maduna's sister, said his suicide meant nothing to them.

"We cannot say this is good news," Zethu said. "You cannot go around killing people and then resorting to suicide.

"This just shows he was a coward. He did what he did but failed to face the consequences of his actions."

Maduna was the breadwinner in the family.

The provincial government, through MEC for social development Meshack Hadebe, said they would support the family by paying for the catering at the funeral at the weekend.

Hadebe visited the family and said he would also employ Zethu, who has matric and a diploma but is unemployed.

"I [will] ... ensure that she gets a driving licence, which I will personally pay for," he said. "She will work in my department to support here family.

"Our children are behaving like this because we have lost all family values."


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