- A woman was found disemboweled and lying in the bush in the Eastern Cape.
- The woman’s brother said the family was devastated.
- The police are looking for the culprits.
Grieving, the family of a missing Eastern Cape woman has urged police to urgently track down the perpetrators who disemboweled their relative and dumped her body in the bush in Lusekiseki.
Bayanda Neliswa Vimbela, who was reported missing at the end of June 2023, was found on Friday morning.
A spokesman for the Eastern Cape Police, Warrant Officer Majula Nkuhle, said the police are now investigating a murder case.
“A police patrol car which was traveling on the R61 near a petrol station was allegedly frantically stopped by a pedestrian. The pedestrian led the police to the dead body of a woman lying in the bushes,” Nkuhle said.
Bayanda’s brother, Zulele, told News24 that his sister had been disemboweled, and that parts of her genitals had been removed.
When we got to the scene, it was the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen. The way these perpetrators hurt my sister is sad and disgusting.
The attack on Bayanda, a mother of two, was particularly brutal, Zulili said. Her grieving brother added, “They shouldn’t have hurt her like that.”
Zulili described his sister as a shining light, a wonderful human being, and a woman who cared deeply about her family, children, and community, and said she will be remembered for her joy.
“She was so full of life. It’s so sad that her life ended like this. She will be sorely missed by all of us,” Zuleli said.
Since then, the family has appealed to the police to track down the killers.
“These murderers are still walking down the street as if they didn’t tear our family apart. They must be caught and face the full force of the law. Criminals have no place here. We don’t want them walking among us,” he said.
Payanda will be buried in the Eastern Cape next Sunday.
Police urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station or call the crime center on 08600 10111.