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Johannesburg - For three weeks, the family of Fundiswa Gxidolo lived in hope that she would return home.
They told her four-year-old daughter that she would be coming home. Now Philiswa, Fundiswa’s sister, is trying to find a way to tell the child her mother is never coming home.
Fundiswa’s body was found in a stream in Snake Park, Soweto, on Saturday morning.
She was half naked, her hands above her head and swollen, her brother Khaya said. She also had head injuries.
A post-mortem is to be conducted to determine the cause of death.
On Sunday, Khaya said that what pained him was that police officers and residents had previously been at the site to search for his sister.
Philiswa added: “Maybe she would have been in a better state had we found her the first time. She looked very bad.”
But for Philiswa now, her main concern is how to break the news to her niece.
Last week, Philiswa said that every night she had assured the little girl that her mother would return home soon. She is uncertain how the child will react to the news.
“How do I explain her mother’s death? She is still young to be told such things,” said the 31-year-old woman.
The family said they hoped the murder case would be dealt with quickly.
Fundiswa was last seen alive in the company of her boyfriend, who also appears to be missing.
Police spokesman Warrant Office Kay Makhubela confirmed that the boyfriend was initially arrested when Fundiswa went missing but was released as there wasn’t evidence linking him to her disappearance.
At the time, a case of kidnapping, malicious damage to property and assault was registered at Dobsonville police station.
Makhubela yesterday said an additional murder charge was added to the case.
No arrests had been made.
Makhubela said Fundiswa’s boyfriend was no longer living in the area after his shack was destroyed by residents.
Philiswa described the boyfriend as abusive and claimed that he and Fundiswa fought on the night she disappeared.
“He was always beating my sister and leaving her badly injured,” she claimed.
“At some stage she lost her teeth after he beat her up.
“Fundiswa had secrets about their relationship. She even refused to allow us to visit their shack because this man didn’t want us – and we didn’t like him too,” said Philiswa.