Lesbian’s body found in bin

Murdered Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka's decomposing body was left in a bin in Nyanga. Photo: Jack Lestrade.

Murdered Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka's decomposing body was left in a bin in Nyanga. Photo: Jack Lestrade.

Published Sep 12, 2011


A murder suspect allegedly kept asking his victim’s mom whether her missing daughter had been found.

Meanwhile, missing Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka’s body was decomposing in a wheelie bin in the 29-year-old’s neighbour’s Nyanga home. The suspect lives behind his victim’s home in Mau-Mau where they grew up together.

People have already destroyed the suspect’s home since his arrest.

“This is nothing but homophobia,” one resident tells the Daily Voice.

“This is not the first time a lesbian woman is hurt in Nyanga. The suspects must be punished.”

The 21-year-old disappeared from her family home in September last year.

The family’s anxious wait came to an end on Friday when a tip-off led cops to a grisly discovery.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says: “The decomposed body of a 21-year-old woman was found in a rubbish bin at Qumbu Street, Mau-Mau, Nyanga on Friday. A murder case docket was opened.

“A 29-year-old male suspect was arrested and will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court on a charge of murder.”

The victim’s mom Nombasa Tyatyeka, 50, says her daughter was found after a friend of the suspect let slip that he knew where her body was.

“In August, my nephew was listening to a song written for Ntsiki’s return and when this man heard it he told my nephew the suspect tried to sleep with her and when she refused because she’s a tomboy, he stabbed her,” says Nombasa.

She says the man claimed she was wrapped in a blanket and stuffed under a bed before being put in a bin.

Last week Friday, the police followed the lead and found Nontsikelelo’s decomposed body in a wheelie bin metres from her home.

Nombasa says her tomboy daughter loved hanging out with the suspect and never dreamed he would do such an evil thing.

“Just last week he asked me if my daughter has been found yet,” says Nombasa.

“And all the while he knew exactly what happened.”

* This article was published on p4 of the Daily Voice

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