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Butterworth: Woman’s body found underneath bathtub two years after husband reports her missing

The husband of the 34-year-old woman was arrested after the gruesome discovery of her body underneath their bathtub in Butterworth.

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A 43-year-old man was arrested for murder on Monday 30 August after the body of his 34-year-old wife was discovered inside their home in Butterworth underneath the bathtub two years after he reported her missing. 

The woman was reported missing by her husband on 3 July 2019. Since the report was filed, investigations into her disappearance were unsuccessful. 


Police were recently alerted by a family member who was suspicious about the bathtub which was no longer mounted on the surface. 

“On investigation, police proceeded to their home and found her remains under the bathtub in their house at Zingqayi Location, Butterworth yesterday, 30 August 2021. The alleged suspect who is the husband to the deceased was immediately arrested and charged for murder,” Arrive Alive reported. 

The husband is due to appear at the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 1 September.

Acting District Commissioner Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu condemned cases against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide and said police will ensure that they leave no stone unturned and perpetrators are arrested and face the full might of the law. 


Apart from the body of a woman being found underneath the bathtub in Butterworth, another case of GBV recently rocked the Eastern Cape. 

A 23-year-old University of Fort Hare (UFH) student’s body was found in a suitcase in Quigney on Thursday 19 August. Next to the suitcase was a black bag with more body parts inside. 

The student’s 25-year-old boyfriend was arrested and appeared in court for Nosicelo Mtebeni’s brutal murder. It is understood that he also confessed to the murder. 

NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said that during his confession, he said she placed a lock on her phone so that he couldn’t get access. When he eventually did, he found romantic messages between her and another man. 

“In his confession, he said her behaviour had changed from the beginning of August when she came back from home. He said, all of sudden, she barred him from accessing her cellphone, and further stated that she had never minded him going through her cell phone before,” said Ngcakani.