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SA woman in Zambian jail for murder

Africa

A South African woman was arrested in Zambia following the murder of her husband at a fishing camp, Beeld reported on Thursday.

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Three men have been arrested after an attempted house robbery in Orchards, Joburg.

Fifty-year-old Marius Pienaar disappeared on June 26 in mysterious circumstances at the Nina fishing camp, north of the Caprivi Strip. His body was found in the Zambezi River three days later.

He is believed to have been hit on the back of the head with a tree stump.

International relations department spokesman Nelson Kgwete said the South African representative in Zambia confirmed 33-year-old Estie Pienaar was in custody on a charge of murdering her husband.

Mrs Pienaar had sent an SMS to his family saying she found only his fishing rod and shoes on the river bank. He was apparently in the process of buying the camp.

The dead man had been a senior technician at Sasol in Secunda before relocating to Mossel Bay and then on to Zambia, where he worked on a copper mine. – Sapa

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