Police have finally made a breakthrough in the disappearance of a family of five from Boston in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. The gruesome discovery of the bodies including two children under the age of two was made inside a dense forest in Richmond. The deceased couple is believed to have been involved in a land dispute.
64-year-old Sizwesenkosi Ngcobo, his fiancée Thandazile Khuboni-Zondi and their two children aged one month and two as well Khuboni-Zondi’s brother Bonokwakhe Khuboni were last seen on their farm last month. Thandazile’s mother who’s 90-year-old was the only one spared.
After lengthy investigation police arrested two suspects at the weekend. They led the police to this forest, where they made the grisly discovery. Police are yet to determine whether the family was killed at the scene or elsewhere before being dumped here. Their vehicle which had been set alight was found about 2 kilometres away from the bodies.
Sizwesenkosi Ngcobo’s nephew, Siyabonga Ngcobo says the family is devastated. “The way they were killed is very brutal. What kind of a person in their right mind would decide to kill a child who is one month old. We are devastated.” Police say they’re following other possible leads which may lead to the capture of the masterminds behind the plot to kill the family.
Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker says “The five burnt and decomposed bodies of the missing victims were found. More arrests are imminent as investigations progress. Charges of murder and kidnapping are being investigated. The two suspects are set to appear in the Richmond Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
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