A woman was killed on Wednesday afternoon in the Ballito Junction regional mall in KwaZulu-Natal when her ex-boyfriend attacked her with a knife and cut her throat, North Coast Courier reports.
Shortly before 5pm, the woman – an employee at Turn and Tender – was sitting on the couch in the restaurant talking to her current boyfriend.
According to Umhlali police spokesperson Captain Vinny Pillay, her ex saw the pair together, and this was believed to be what set him off.
Eyewitnesses at the mall said she went to the bathroom, and was followed in by her attacker.
“We just started hearing terrible screams coming from the ladies toilet,” said one witness, who asked to remain anonymous.
IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst confirmed the woman was found dead in the bathroom.
Her attacker was detained by the pastor of a church, who did not want to be identified, until he was handed over to the police.
The brutal attack attracted a large crowd, who had to be kept away from the police car, where the man was locked up in order to prevent them from trying to take the law into their own hands.
However, this did not stop onlookers from booing and heckling the man from nearby.
Entrance three to the Junction was closed after the attack while plainclothes detectives, uniformed police, paramedics and forensic pathologists worked on the crime scene.