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By unknown | Sep 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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One of the three men who appeared in the Scottburgh magistrate's court yesterday in connection with the murder of a KwaZulu-Natal woman constable is allegedly the deceased's "jealous lover".

The police have revealed that one of the suspects - who was found in possession of the deceased's vehicle, car keys and other belongings when he was arrested at a house in Isipingo last Wednesday - is allegedly the deceased's boyfriend.

At the time of her death Nomvula Mfeka, 30, of Avoca in Durban, was deployed at the Phoenix police station. She had been missing for about three weeks when the police found her body hanging from a tree in Emagabheni near Port Shepstone.

A friend of the deceased, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Sowetan that Mfeka had told her a few weeks before her death that a certain man had been "proposing love" to her. She had turned him down.

"She said when she first met the guy he was charming and had even offered to install new speakers in her vehicle," the friend said.

"Mfeka said the man had changed and demanded that she leave her boyfriend because he did not want to share her with anyone."

Police spokesman Muzi Mngomezulu said Mfeka was not kidnapped but had driven to Isipingo herself, allegedly to meet the suspect who, at this stage, is believed to be her lover.

The police made a breakthrough in the case when a member of the public informed them that a vehicle, allegedly belonging to the missing cop, was parked at a house in Isipingo.

Members of the police's anti-hijack unit discovered that it was indeed Mfeka's vehicle and arrested a man who was found in possession of the car's keys.

The suspect also had photographs of Mfeka and other belongings.

The man allegedly led the police to two other suspects at Emagabheni and later to where they had dumped Mfeka's body.

By then the local police had already discovered Mfeka's body and kept it as an unidentified corpse.

Mngomezulu said the results of a postmortem on Mfeka are expected soon.

"We believe that she had been strangled but the postmortem results will shed light on everything since there were no visible wounds on her body," Mngomezulu said.

When Sowetan visited Mfeka's family yesterday her mother was not at home and a message on her cell phone said she was too distraught to speak.


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