Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner welcomes the arrest of a fifth suspect in moms murder case allegedly engineered by her daughters

NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma welcomes the arrest of the fifth suspect aged 36, who was nabbed today, Monday 24 February 2020. The man joined the four that were arrested already in connection with the gruesome murder of Ms Wanter Dlamini aged 62, of Barberton who was brutally killed on 06 January 2020. According to reports, Dlaminis murder was engineered by her own two daughters. The arrested man is due to appear in the Barberton Magistrates Court tomorrow, Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

Following the arrest of four suspects, reality sank in for the 36-year-old man that police indeed meant business when they indicated that they have closed all the nets on them. Police kept their promise to put behind bars all suspects on Dlaminis murder case as they nabbed the last remaining suspect, unless otherwise.

The report that was given earlier unveiled that Dlamini was invited by her 30 year old daughter, Nonhlanhla Mthunywa, for a visit. Nonhlanhla apparently came with a male friend when she convinced her mom (Dlamini) about the intended visit and she agreed without any hesitation. Unbeknown to her, the said visit was a well-orchestrated plan that would lead to her ultimate death.

On that fateful day, just like any mother would be delighted to visit their loved ones, Dlamini could not contain her happiness and she prepared herself for the journey to visit her daughter as requested. Information further indicates that Nonhlanhla organised her 41-year-old friend, Nombuso Philadelphia Ndwandwa as well as the 36-year-old (now arrested suspect) and 33-year-old friend, Stanley Mashakeng. The four then waited for her mother to arrive. When she (Dlamini) eventually arrived at Nonhlanhlas place, she was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted, senselessly gang raped by the two males whilst Nonhlanhla and her friend were holding her. When these suspects were done with their barbaric deeds, they then strangled Dlamini to death, wrapped her body with a blanket and hid it in an outside toilet. Later that day (06 January 2020) Nonhlanhlas sibling, 39 year Penolope Mampune Mthunywa was restless to a point where she organised a transport which helped to remove Dlaminis body and dumped it at a nearby grassy area next to the road.

Further information revealed that Dlaminis body was discovered, whereby a murder case was opened and an investigation ensued. The police investigation unearthed that Dlaminis death was well planned ahead. It has since surfaced that in November 2019, an Insurance policy was taken by Nonhlanhlas friend, Nombuso Philadelphia Ndwandwa wherein Dlaminis name was in the centre of the policy and her (Dlamini) unnatural death would imply that there would be a double cash payouts. The Investigation team managed to unearth preliminary truth about the death of Dlamini hence yet another arrest of the 36 year old man today Monday 24 February 2020 and charged him with murder.

“We delight ourselves in the Justice System and believe that the Detective team, the Prosecution team as well as the Judiciary will ensure that justice is served in this case. Having the fifth suspect in the dock has come in handy as this will enable the Detectives to tighten all loose ends and ensure that these suspects get what they deserve. This case is one of the rough cases where family members were allegedly involved in taking a life of one of their own. This has once again showed that the moral fibre of our society is decaying and we are of the view that the Opinion Leaders from Faith-Based Organisations as well as from the Traditional Leadership should continue to work together with us in addressing this challenge,” said General Zuma.

Meanwhile Ndwandwa appeared today Monday, 24 February 2020 at Barberton Magistrates Court. She did not plead in the case and she remained in custody. She (Ndwandwa) will appear again with the other suspects on 06 March 2020. Whereas the bail bid by 39-year-old Penolope Mampune Mthunywa (eldest daughter of the deceased) today at the same Court was postponed to Friday, 29 February 2020.

Source: South African Police Service

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