Pregnant woman’s decapitation stirs anger

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Copy of ND LWAZI GUMEDE1 DAILY NEWS A group of women protest outside Durban Magistrates Court, calling for the man accused of murdering his girlfriend, by chopping her with an axe, decapitating and setting her alight, not be granted bail. Picture: Siyanda Mayeza

Durban - A man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend by chopping her up and burning some of her remains appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, while a group of women protested outside.

Lwazi Gumede was arrested a week ago, after the discovery of remains believed to be those of his long-time girlfriend.

Sanelisiwe Mkhize, 22, of KwaNdengezi near Pinetown, was reported missing by her older sister, Lungile Mkhize, in February. She was nine months pregnant at the time.

She had told her family she would be staying over at Gumede’s Chesterville home before going to her doctor at King Edward VIII Hospital the next day.

Her body was found two months later - without the head and the baby she was carrying.

Gumede is expected to apply for bail when he returns to court next month.

Outside court on Tuesday, the protesters carried placards demanding that Gumede tell police where Mkhize’s head and baby were so she could rest in peace.

One of them was Thobile Mbhele, a neighbour of Gumede’s in Chesterville.

“We were close in age and it is so painful that she died in such a horrible way… She will not be able to rest until her whole body and child are found and buried together. Neither will we,” she said.

Mbhele said the community was angry.

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