eThekweni Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned the gruesome murder of Zinhle Muthwa following the arrest of a Durban Metro police officer.
It is alleged the officer used his service pistol to commit the murder of Muthwa who he allegedly had a romantic relationship with.
The motive of the murder is not known at this stage.
The 30-year-old constable from the Durban Metro Police Multi Operational Response Team was arrested and he appeared in the uMbumbulu Magistrate Court yesterday (Monday, 6 December).
He will remain in custody until 13 January 2020 when he is expected to apply for bail. Muthwa’s body was found at the Ndaya Reserve in Umbumbulu next to the road with head injuries and bruises all over her body on New Year’s Day.
“As the municipality we strongly condemn gender based violence and it is sad that Muthwa was allegedly killed by someone who was meant to uphold the law. We, therefore, call on Durban Metro Police members not to use service pistol to deal with anger issues.
“We also call upon the police to conduct a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of this matter. Institutions that are responsible for dispensing justice must also send a clear message that crimes of this nature are not acceptable in our society,” said Kaunda.
Mayor Kaunda extended his heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased.