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Woman arrested for allegedly killing, burying elderly relative in shallow grave next to her Verulam home

According to police, the body of the elderly woman was found buried in a shallow grave next to her house. It is suspected that she was killed and her body was set alight before she was buried.

Welephi Ndlovu, 69, from Verulam was killed by a relative and buried next to her house in the Zwelisha area. Picture: Supplied.

Published Apr 21, 2022

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DURBAN - A 34-year-old woman has been arrested for the murder of her elderly relative at her home in the Zwelisha area of Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said the victim was identified as 69-year-old Verulam resident, Welephi Ndlovu.

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Gwala said that on April 20 at 9.30pm, Verulam police received a report of a person who had been killed and buried in a shallow grave in the Zwelisha area.

When the police arrived at the scene, they had to rescue the alleged murder suspect from an angry mob of community members, she said.

She added that the suspect was taken to Verulam SAPS for further questioning, where it was established that the murder had been planned.

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“The woman (suspect) allegedly conspired with a male, and killed the elderly woman by assaulting her with a hammer,” said Gwala.

She said the suspects used cement to further conceal the shallow grave.

“All role players were summoned to the scene, and police officers from the Search and Rescue Unit swiftly responded,” she said.

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According to the police, the body of an elderly woman was found buried in a shallow grave next to her house.

“It is suspected that she was set alight before being buried,” said Gwala.

The female suspect will appear before the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of murder.

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Welephi Ndlovu, 69, from Verulam was killed by a relative and buried next to her house in the Zwelisha area. Picture: Supplied.

Welephi Ndlovu, 69, from Verulam was killed by a relative and buried next to her house in the Zwelisha area. Picture: Supplied.

Welephi Ndlovu, 69, from Verulam was killed by a relative and buried next to her house in the Zwelisha area. Picture: Supplied.

Welephi Ndlovu, 69, from Verulam was killed by a relative and buried next to her house in the Zwelisha area. Picture: Supplied.

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