The family members of slain Soweto toddler, Tshiamo Rabanye, say they suspect that his alleged killer and grandmother, Nqobile Ndlovu (50), may have murdered other relatives before.
Ndlovu alongside her lover and co-accused, Mthunzi Zulu (39), made a brief appearance in the Protea Magistrate’s Court today.
They’ve been charged with murder and the mutilation of 6-year-old Rabanye and his cousin, 5-year-old Nqobizitha Zulu, whose bodies were found dumped and mutilated in Soweto earlier this year.
Relatives of the two boys say Nqobile Ndlovu had consoled and cried with the family— just days before police investigators discovered body parts at her residence.
They say they fear she may be a serial killer.
Speaking at the back of court proceedings, the accused’s niece, Buhle Nkosi, told YNews that Ndlovu poisoned her 16-year-old son.
The teenager died under suspicious circumstances in 2021.
Nkosi became emotional as she recalled her son’s final moments while he was in Ndlovu’s care.
An investigating officer has confirmed to YNews that a separate case of murder for the 16-year-old’s death is being investigated.
Ndlovu and Zulu have been remanded in custody after today’s hearing was postponed to September 15 for further investigations.
Nqobizitha Zulu’s mother was not in court today.
Her sister, Gcina Tshabalala, told YNews that the family has grown tired of attending court proceedings without the promise of swift justice for the children’s murder.
Tshabalala says life has not been the same since the tragic incident.
Community members believe the boys’ gruesome murder may be linked to muthi rituals.
Residents want harsh sentencing for the couple, while religious leaders are calling for an end to, what they call, satanic practices that are destroying their community. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena