Yoshini Perumal
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17 Nov 2015
2:55 pm

Family of beheaded woman still awaiting justice

Yoshini Perumal

They heard gruesome details of her murder at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban last week.

Sivapurini Murugan (centre), with her son, Chris and daughter, Kate, clutching a framed picture of Desiree. Pic: Rising Sun Chatsworth.

After more than a year, the family of beheaded Croftdene victim Desiree Murugan are still awaiting justice.

This after the horrific death of their loved one and hearing the gruesome details of her murder at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban last week.

The trial of the five accused, traditional healer Sibonekaliso Zaba Makhosi Mbili, 32, Vusumuzi Jabulani Gumede, 30, and three minors began last Monday. Murugan’s headless corpse was found by municipal workers at the Shallcross Sports Stadium in August last year.

“It is an emotional time for us, especially since it is the first time hearing everything in detail from the horse’s mouth,” said Murugan’s sister, Jennet Murugan.

“It was shocking to hear that there were four other people who knew about the sangoma’s request but did not commit the murder. We could see how angry the sangoma was during Khumalo’s testimony. We are just looking forward to finally having some closure and for justice to be served,” she said.

“My family and I are still finding it hard to come to terms with my sister’s murder. Going to court is still very frustrating, especially when we have to see the barbaric faces of my sister’s killers,” she added.

FILE PICTURE: People protest outsde the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court in Durban on Monday, 1 September 2014 where six people, including three teenagers and a traditional healer, appeared in connection with the murder of Desiree Murugan, whose decapitated body was found last month in Durban's Shallcross Stadium. Piney Naicker, the vice president of the Shallcross Civic and Ratepayers Association (Scara) demands that they be burnt alive. Picture: Giordano Stolley/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: People protest outsde the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court in Durban on Monday, 1 September 2014 where six people, including three teenagers and a traditional healer, appeared in connection with the murder of Desiree Murugan, whose decapitated body was found last month in Durban’s Shallcross Stadium. Piney Naicker, the vice president of the Shallcross Civic and Ratepayers Association (Scara) demands that they be burnt alive. Picture: Giordano Stolley/SAPA

The first witness for the state was the municipal worker who made the gruesome discovery. The first detective at the scene was the second state witness to take the stand, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

During his four-day testimony against the five accused, Falakhe Khumalo — the accused who has already been convicted and is serving his life sentence at Westville Prison — shared gruesome details of the incident and how there were other people who were supposed to help commit the crime, but did not show up on the day of the murder.

A relaxed Khumalo told the court how he lured Desiree Murugan to a sports field and gave details of how the men chopped off her head after he “paid her for sex”.

Khumalo said he and another man took a taxi from Durban the next morning to deliver the head to Mbili.

“Upon our arrival at the traditional healer’s home, we were invited to his rondavel house, where we were told to take off our shoes before we could enter,” said Khumalo.

He said Mbili was extremely excited to see the head and introduced them to Gumede.

“He said we did a very good job. We handed him the bag for him to see the delivery as promised,” said Khumalo.

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– Caxton News Service