By Shanell Daniel

Mystery surrounds the discovery of the body of a young woman, believed to be 25 years old, who was found at the Stellawood Cemetery, Umbilo, last Saturday, 29 July, at about 4pm. A privately contracted employee at the cemetery made the gruesome discovery.

The employee, who requested anonymity, explained that he was living at the cemetery for a while and was sleeping at the same sheltered spot where the body was found.

Speaking to the The Glenwood Weekly Gazette, the employee said: “On Saturday at 6.15am I left the shelter and returned at 3.45pm. A pair of black bedroom slippers was lying next to my bed and to my surprise I found a person in my bed, the entire body and head was covered with my blanket. I picked up the blanket and found the dead body of a woman. Her head was covered with a black plastic bin bag.”

He said that he then called the police. “Someone else was going pass and he also called emergency services. An ambulance service was at the cemetery at the time and assisted us. The Umbilo police came to the scene and handled things from there.”

Umbilo police communications officer, Captain Pumzile Makaula, confirmed the incident. She said: “The body of a female was found at the Stellawood Cemetery. She was half naked and it appears that she had been raped. The incidents leading up to the discovery of the woman’s dead body remains a mystery and a case of murder is being investigated by police.”

Anyone with info on the incident is requested to contact Warrant Officer Poobalan Ganas on 031 319 5100.