The police arrested a 34-year-old man suspected of stabbing his wife and then slitting her throat before dumping her body along a road in Mooinooi.
Sicelo Gumede (34) appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 16 November, for the alleged murder of his 31-year-old wife, Zanele. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday, 26 November 2020, for formal bail application.
According to police spokesperson, Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Zanele’s body was spotted on the side of the main road in Mooinooi by a passer-by at about 07:00 on Friday, 13 November 2020. The police were alerted. “ Zanele’s body was allegedly found with multiple stab wounds and her throat was slit with an unknown object. Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) officials were called and declared Zanele dead on the scene,” she said.
While police were still on the scene, Rustenburg police arrived with the suspect who earlier reported his wife as missing. He identified the deceased as his wife. “Subsequent to a thorough police investigation, Sicelo was arrested and charged with murder. The motive for the murder is still to be determined and investigation continues.”
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena praised the police for their speedy response that ensured apprehension of the alleged murderer within hours after committing the crime.
He condemned the incident and urged members of the community to seek professional help when experiencing domestic violence related conflicts in order to avoid tragic incidents such as this one.