Mtubatuba police arrested a 59-year-old woman for the murder of a three-year-old child. It is alleged that Gamelihle “Gamo” Mdletshe was reported missing in December 2017 and a Missing Person Inquiry was opened for investigation. A search for the missing child was conducted with the members of the community assisting to find the child. A gruesome discovery was made on 13 December 2017 when the mutilated body of the child was found floating at the Nyalazi River in the Nkundusi area.

An inquiry was immediately changed to a murder case. Investigation was conducted which led to the arrest of his relative. The suspect was charged and she appeared in the Mtubatuba Magistrates’ Court on 23 March 2018 where she was remanded in custody until 26 March 2018.

“We will ensure that we send a well-prepared docket to court for a successful prosecution. The perpetrator who was well trusted by the deceased’s parents did a cruel thing to a child, he was left in her care yet she is the one who allegedly ended his life in such a horrendous manner. I further thanked our detective team who showed their skills and talent in cracking the case that led to the arrest of the suspect,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa.