A fifth suspect was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of 62-year-old Winter Dlamini. The Barberton mother in Mpumalanga’s two daughters are among the suspects already arrested for her murder in January this year.
Brig. Police spokesman Leonard Hlathi said in a statement that a 36-year-old man is expected to appear in the local magistrate’s court today on charges of murder.
According to Hlathi, it has also emerged that one of the suspects and a friend of one of the girls took out an insurance policy in Dlamini’s name in November. The policy would pay double if Dlamini died of an unnatural death. Hlathi says an investigation indicates that Dlamini’s death was carefully planned.
Dlamini’s youngest daughter, Nonhlanhla Mthunywa, 30, apparently visited her mother with a 41-year-old male friend on January 6 and invited her to her house for a visit. Dlamini immediately agreed and prepared herself for the promised visit.
According to Hlathi, Mthunywa’s male friend and two other male suspects awaited Dlamini at Mthunywa’s house. When Dlamini arrived at her daughter’s house, she was allegedly kidnapped by two of the men, brutally assaulted and raped, while her daughter (Mthunywa) held her.
Dlamini was then allegedly strangled. Her body was wrapped in a blanket and hidden by the outside toilet.
Mthunywa’s 39-year-old sister, Penelope Mampune Mthunywa, who was also involved in planning the murder of their mother, later arranged the day to get rid of their mother’s body. Dlamini’s body was dumped in a nearby field where authorities later found her.
The male friends have since been identified as Nombuso Philadelphia Ndwandwa, 41, and Stanley Mashakeng.