In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.
A 21-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death in Pietrmaritzburg with an iron pipe by a man suspected of being mentally ill.
The woman, identified as Nompumelelo Ndlovu, 21, of Impendle in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, was walking in Boom Street with a friend yesterday when she was attacked by the man who was allegedly gathering scrap metal on the side of the road.
Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the deceased was severely assaulted with an iron pipe, causing her head to split. The friend managed to escape injury and stop a passing police patrol vehicle. The suspect attacked the policemen, who were forced to shoot him in order to restrain him.
"The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm. The man is believed to be mentally-ill," he said.
Budhram said the man was taken to hospital under police guard.
"The motive for the attack is unknown. The victim was an innocent pedestrian. Police investigations are continuing," Budhram said.
Meanwhile, the remains of an unknown man were discovered in the veld in Newcastle's old Iscor Road on Sunday. The man's hands were allegedly tied to a tree with a chain.
It is not clear when the person died but the police believe that he could have been there for a few months.
Police spokesperson Shooz Magudulela said the police discovered a black Orlando Pirates cap and black wallet next to the skeleton.
"The skeleton also wore khaki pants and a khaki golf T-shirt. It was discovered by a passer-by opposite North Down Motors next to old Iscor Road. The cause of death could not be determined because the body was badly decomposed," he said.
Magudulela said the police were investigating a case of murder. He appealed to the community to help police trace his family.