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' HE beat her up to death'

By unknown | Apr 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A Mpumalanga family has engaged a lawyer to help them force the police to arrest a teacher they believe murdered their daughter and claimed she was knocked down by a speeding car.

The family of Endurance Ndlovu, of Jameyana village near Acornhoek, said yesterday they had hired Steve Hefferman to help them get the police to act against the suspect.

This follows the mysterious death of Ndlovu, who was aged 22, after her boyfriend, a teacher at Moses Mnisi High School, allegedly fetched her from her home on February 26. That was the last time the family saw her alive.

Her boyfriend teacher, Bedwel Hlungwane, also known as Tsawa, allegedly took Ndlovu to Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek later that evening.

He allegedly reported that she had been hit by a car at about 10pm, and that he was unable to take the registration numbers of the car "because things happened too fast".

The family insist that it was not possible because it was known that the couple was always having heated arguments and fought a lot.

"We don't believe my sister died from injuries she sustained after she was allegedly knocked down by a car.

"We believe Tsawa assaulted her to death and tried to cover up.

"So we have hired a lawyer who will force the police to arrest him," said Ndlovu's sister, Fortunate, yesterday.

She said the police were taking the matter lightly while it was obvious that there had been some kind of foul play and that this was making it more painful for the family.

She said Hlungwane had personally told her after her sister's death that they had had a heated argument that night - and later fought.

When Sowetan approached Hlungwane, he denied having had any physical fight with Ndlovu, but, instead, he said, it was she who had assaulted him before jumping out of his car.

"She jumped off my car and ran away. I tried to drive after her, and saw her throwing herself in front of a moving car that hit her.

"The car slowed down a bit but drove off at high speed. I was too shocked to take its registration numbers," Hlungwane said..

Hefferman confirmed that the family had hired him, and that he was in the process of consulting the public prosecutor about the matter.

"I'm in negotiations with the public prosecutor and want him to find out why the police are not doing their job. He must get the docket, and we shall take it from there."

Post died from internal bleeding.


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