The body of 20 years old Nokuthula Radebe was discovered on Monday 28th April late afternoon around 5pm by kids playing in an abandoned building in Everest Tokoza, Ekurhuleni. Her friend Simangele who saw the body before it was taken by police say that Nokuthula’s pants were pulled down, but was still wearing her underwear. Her faced was covered by a plastic and was strangled with one of her shoelaces on the neck. It is not known who the perpetrators are that killed Nokuthula.
Simangele, Nokuthula’s friend informed us that the last person who was with Nokuthula was her girlfriend Nomthandazo who we visited to get clear information. Nomthandazo relates the story. “ I was sitting with Lee at her home on Sunday 28th till very late at night, I told Lee that I want to go home, not realizing what time it was. Lee accompanies me till I get home and walks back to her home. My mother shouted at me that it is 3am at dawn. She tried to call Nomthandazo to check if she arrived home safely with no luck as the phone was off.
We visited Nokuthulas father who said that he also was worried when he came back home in the morning to realize that Nokuthula did not come back home on Sunday. At work he tried calling her too with no luck. Late Monday night 29th, police came to call him to identify a body and find it is Nokuthula. The father said that he suspects that her daughter was raped and demanded that this is checked and police said postmortem will be conducted on Thursday 30th April and he will be informed of results.
The case is currently held at the Thokoza police station. FEW will follow-up with the investigating officer to push for justice for Nokuthula.
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Phindi Malaza/ Dikeledi Sibanda