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Ulundi: Suspect, 20, arrested for gruesome murder of mother and son

Tenants in Ulundi were greeted by an unbearable smell that came from one of the rooms in a house. A gruesome discovery awaited them.

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A 20-year-old suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in the Mahlabathini Magistrate’s Court soon. He stands accused of murdering a mother, 25, and her five-year-old son in Ulundi Township in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.


It is alleged that yesterday afternoon [Sunday 1 November 2020], tenants, who are learners in one of the schools in Ulundi, arrived at a house and were greeted by an unbearable smell that was coming from one of the rooms. 

The tenants found the suspect alone in the house. The suspect demanded that the tenants pay him rent since the deceased was no longer in the house, however, the tenants refused to give him the money.

“They started searching for the deceased, Siphesihle Magwaza also known as Msani, 25, all over the house. She was found lying on the floor in her bedroom covered with the blanket and both feet were tied with a cloth,” said Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

The mother sustained multiple stab wounds all over the body. 

A search was then conducted for the child. Owami Magwaza was eventually found outside in the garage packed inside a green bag. 

“The baby boy had also sustained multiple stab wounds all over the body and his throat was slit. Both the victims and the suspect were staying in the same house,” said Mbele. 

The suspect was immediately arrested at the scene and taken to Ulundi police station for further processing. The motive of the killing is unknown and will form part of an investigation.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula condemned the killing of the defenceless victims by the person who was expected to protect them. 

“We will ensure that a quality investigation is conducted and a well-prepared docket is sent to court for the suspect to receive the sentence he deserves,” he said.


Apart from the case in Ulundi, KZN police are on the hunt for another mother and son. Roughly three weeks ago, police called on the community for assistance in locating a mother and son who left Denmark to come to South Africa roughly one year ago. 

According to police, 46-year-old Kalavani Moodley told her husband she was going to South Africa for a holiday and never returned. She took her four-year-old son, Sebastian Moodley Soerensen with her. 

“She is believed to be in the vicinity of Chatsworth or Umdloti,” said Mbele. 

Anyone who knows of the mother and son’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Durban Central investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Thubelihle Mhlongo on 084-089-2407/ 031-325 4218 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.