Severely decomposed bodies of missing family, including two children, found in Richmond forest in KZN
The burnt and severely decomposed bodies of five family members, including a one-month-old baby and a two-year-old toddler, were found in a forest in Richmond on Monday, 13 December 2021. Shaheen Suleiman, from Magma Security, said a relative had reported the family missing on November 19. They were all last seen traveling together heading towards Bulwer in a Toyota Tazz. Suleiman said a case was immediately opened and Magma Security assisted Police with the search. KwaZulu-Natal Police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said on Saturday, two men, aged 25 and 27 years old, were taken in for questioning after five members from one family went missing. The two men were caught at KwaZinqamu in Elandskop.
Naicker said the men were questioned regarding the disappearance of Sizwe Mauris Ngcobo (64), Thandazile Zondi (41), Bonokwakhe Khuboni (40), Sibongile Fanelesibonge (2) and one-month-old Libra Ngcobo.
He said the family was kidnapped from their farm in Boston, just outside Pietermaritzburg, on 16 November 2021. Their vehicle was also missing.
“A joint operation was conducted yesterday [Monday], which led the team to Byrne in Richmond where the victim’s vehicle was found burnt. Further investigation led police to a plantation in Richmond where the gruesome discovered was made. The five burnt and decomposed bodies of the missing victims were found,” said Naicker on Tuesday.
He said more arrests are imminent as investigations progress.
Charges of murder and kidnapping are being investigated by Richmond SAPS. The two suspects have been formally charged for murder and kidnapping. They are expected to make their first appearance in the Richmond Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi commended the team who made the breakthrough.
“Over the days after the family went missing, a team comprising of various role players from the SAPS and Magma Security joined the search for the missing victims. The team worked tirelessly after the matter was reported to ensure that the missing victims were found and that justice is served. At this stage investigations indicate that their deaths may be linked to a family feud,” he said.
Sources close to The Witness say it is suspected that the dispute is over the farmland.
Source: The Witness