Abducted Lenasia teacher's body found in shallow grave

One arrest made as police search for second suspect

Mpho Koka Journalist
Two men allegedly abducted Naadira Vanker from her home last week. File photo.
Two men allegedly abducted Naadira Vanker from her home last week. File photo.
Image: 123RF/Paul Fleet

The body of a 31-year-old woman was discovered buried in a shallow grave in Phumlamqashi informal settlement, Lenasia South, on Tuesday evening.

Police identified the deceased as Naadira Vanker of Lenasia South Ext 1, who was kidnapped on April 22.

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Lenasia mom Naadira Vanker.
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Lenasia mom Naadira Vanker.
Image: Supplied

She was a teacher at Progress Primary School in Lenasia.

Police arrested her alleged killer, a 36-year-old security guard, on Tuesday evening, according to Gauteng police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo.

“It is reported that on Thursday 22 April 2021 at approximately 06h00 [6am], a 31-year-old woman was abducted from her home by two men. The suspects are alleged to have then driven off in the victim’s vehicle that was later found abandoned in Ennerdale,” said Masondo.

“The matter was reported to police and a detectives team was established, activating a search party in prioritising the case and search for the victim. On the evening of Tuesday April 27, the investigation led the team to a shack in Phumlamqashi, where one of the suspects was found. The suspect then pointed to the police a shallow grave inside the yard where the victim was buried.”

Masondo said a police search and rescue team and forensic experts were summoned and exhumed the body that was later identified by the family as that of the abducted Vanker.

“A postmortem will be conducted to determine how the woman was killed. Police are still searching for the second suspect who is still at large,” said Masondo.

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