No arrests in gruesome KZN beheading

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The body of the woman, who was found beheaded at the Shallcross Sports Grounds in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal has been identified as 39-year-old Desiree Murugan.

KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed Murugan’s identity after family members were called to identify her body and make the necessary arrangements going forward.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said yesterday that no arrests had been made and that investigations were on-going.

Autopsy results were being awaited to determine what the exact cause of death was.

Crime scene investigators had alleged that Murugan’s head had been severed with a blunt object, and that the murder had been committed elsewhere.

Murugan’s head had still not been found today, after her body was discovered by two eThekwini Municipal workers at the sports grounds on Monday.

Speaking to Rising Sun Chatsworth, Murugan’s brother Chris said the family remained shocked at the horrific murder, and hoped that the perpetrators were caught and punished appropriately.

“My sister was a loving and caring person, who unfortunately was lured into drugs. We are battling to come to terms with the barbaric manner in which our sister was murdered,” he told the publication.

“Even if she was raped, the least they could have done was let her live. How can human beings even think of beheading another human being? They got nothing out of killing my sister…”

Murugan is survived by her a six-year-old son, who lives with his father in Westcliff, Chatsworth.

On Monday, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi condemned the recent spate of killings and abuse of women and children across the country.

Muthambi said government alone could not completely address this scourge as it remained a societal issue and required an “even more strengthened effort and synergy by all South Africans”.

“While government acknowledges the prompt response by law enforcement agencies, the onus is placed on every individual to report criminal cases and protect our women and children,” said Muthambi.

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