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Durban - The skeletal remains of an iLembe District Municipality official have been found two months after the woman was reported missing.
The police search and rescue unit found the body at the bottom of a 300m cliff in dense bushes in Ndwedwe, on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
A man known to the woman who lived in Morningside, Durban, handed himself over to police on Friday in connection with her disappearance.
Police are investigating claims that he pushed her off the cliff after an argument.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the man would face charges of murder when he appeared in the Ndwedwe Magistrate’s Court today. The victim, Doris Bongumusa Buthelezi, 43, had worked in the municipality’s environmental unit. Mayville police detective Warrant Officer David Nzama said she was identified by the clothing she had been wearing.
The police forensic unit will carry out more tests to establish the cause of death.
Nzama said a relative had opened a missing persons report at the Mayville police station on July 28 when Buthelezi did not return home after a week.
Buthelezi had earlier told family that she was visiting a man in oThongathi (Tongaat). The family made several calls to the man and Buthelezi but their phones went unanswered.
Police made a breakthrough when they traced her VW Polo to a panel beating shop in oThongathi. They were told a man had brought the car in for repairs a month ago.
Nzama said the suspect contacted police on Friday after they had left several messages at his home.
He first denied any knowledge of the whereabouts of the woman but allegedly took police to the cliff after questioning. Buthelezi was employed by the national Department of Environmental Affairs and was deployed to the iLembe District Municipality to deal with environmental issues.