Mpumalanga police on Friday were searching for the men who murdered and allegedly raped a very beautiful 22-year-old woman while she was travelling home from a job interview in Johannesburg.
Kwanele Zuma and her brother were travelling together when they were attacked on Monday. The siblings from Carolina were hitchhiking home from Emalahleni when they were offered a lift.
Zuma’s brother was hit on the head with a gun before being robbed and thrown from a moving taxi. He woke in hospital the next day where he was told his sister had been killed.
On Friday, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi told News24 the siblings had taken a taxi from Johannesburg and made it to Witbank. According to reports, they had both spent the day at job interviews in Gauteng.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said: “We are gathering evidence and making a clarion call to the public for anyone who might have seen the taxi that picked up the pair to come forward to assist with the case.”
"[While in Witbank] They then boarded a taxi with the view of going back home to Carolina [Mpumalanga]. There were a few men in the taxi with them. Instead of going to Carolina, the taxi rerouted. According to the brother, some of the men then produced firearms. The brother was then thrown out of the moving taxi," Hlathi said.
SowetanLive reported Kwanele Fezile and Ngceboyenkosi Minende Zuma, both 22, took the taxi home late on Monday after they went for job interviews in Johannesburg.
The news website added the siblings' brother, Sanele Zuma, said Kwanele was raped before being shot in the head.
BROTHER RECALLS ORDEAL
Ngceboyenkosi Zuma said he and his sister travelled to Johannesburg hoping to find jobs, but the journey ended in criminal tragedy. He said he knew something was wrong when the taxi they were in took a detour.
“The taxi turned into a different route and then my sister turned back to look at me, and I also looked at her with concern,” Zuma said.
He said he was struck on the head with a gun before being was pushed out of the moving taxi.
“When I looked for my sister so that I could get off with her, they pushed me off the taxi. I don’t know where I fell or who helped me.”
However, the police said this still had to be confirmed.
"A post-mortem will have to be done to determine if the sister was raped," Hlathi said.
He added they were robbed of their belongings.
SowetanLive reported their mother, Margaret Zuma, said she was hoping Kwanele would find a good job to improve their financial situation.