Scene staged to look as if man killed mom, then himself. Cops ...


Scene staged to look as if man killed mom, then himself. Cops aren’t fooled

Rope around victim's neck not enough to maintain murder-suicide ruse. Now search for real killers is on

Senior reporter

Policemen who burst through a locked door in Sifiso Ntozake’s home on the KZN south coast were assailed with the acrid smell of death when they found the bodies of the 34-year-old and his elderly mother at the weekend.
Neighbours, concerned with the rising malodour on Walter Sisulu Road, had called the police to investigate the home in Gamalakhe near Port Shepstone.
The officers forced their way into the house and then into a locked bathroom where they found the bodies covered by blankets.
And as investigators took in the scene, a suspicious length of rope wrapped around Ntozake’s neck stuck out as a crucial piece of evidence which they believe was planted as a red herring in a carefully staged suicide.
“Whoever did this obviously wanted police to believe that it had been a murder suicide and that the guy [Ntozake] had killed his mother and then hung himself in the aftermath,” an impeccably placed source said.
The cramped bathroom became the central point of focus for crime scene investigators.
As detectives moved outward they found that the house had been looted and that electronics and other personal items were conspicuously absent.
This, along with the fact that Ntozake’s car was missing, put paid to what investigators believed was a contrived murder suicide narrative.
“Someone wanted us to believe that this was a murder suicide but they did a bad job,” another source added.
State pathologists will also have to determine how the mother and son met their end.
Both sources spoke to Times Select on condition of anonymity since neither are authorised to engage with the press.
Ntozake is understood to have been associated with the television industry, and previously worked as an interpreter on a popular local soapie.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said their officers had registered two murder dockets.
“Further investigations are being conducted to determine the circumstances regarding the incident,” she said.
Police are now searching for Ntozake’s car, which they believe may still be in the hands of those who took his life.

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