Woman in Pinetown kidnapping charged with murder

Woman in Pinetown kidnapping charged with murder

The Pinetown woman accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl has been formally charged with murder.

Pinetown girl kidnapping case
Nushera Soodyal

Siphumelele Mzimba disappeared nearly four weeks ago in Nazareth.

Her decomposed body was found in a bush near the suspect's home last week Thursday.

Zandile Nsele - who arrested on a kidnapping charge a few days after the child went missing - was in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court today.

Siphumelele’s parents wept as the 39-year-old Nsele - appeared in court F this morning. 

The court heard that a charge of murder would be added to the kidnapping and extortion charges she is already facing. 

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The state also alleged in court that Nsele strangled Mzimba with a cable rope. 

Nsele then told the court she would be abandoning her bail application. 

The case was remanded to next month.

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Outside court, KZN Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza told reporters that the woman must remain behind bars.

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