After three weeks of searching for the missing 23-year-old woman, the family of Natasha Conabeer, is left with unanswered questions on the events leading to her death. Conabeer was reported to have gone missing on 18 August when she left her flat on Florida Road to go see her family in Inanda.
On Sunday, 7 September, Conabeer’s mother found her daughter’s body lying unconscious in front of her doorstep, at the family’s Inanda home. This is the same home Conabeer had told her friend she was going to the day she went missing.
The family suspects that she was dropped off by someone just after midnight. It was when her mother woke up in the midnight hours, after hearing a noise outside that she found her and rushed her to hospital. The family spokesperson, Nosipho Goba said Conabeer’s mother thought it was the dogs that were barking when she decided to check outside. “At the hospital, it was found that she had been poisoned with brake fluid and had large quantities of paracetamol drugs in her system,” added Goba.
Goba added that Conabeer had bruises on her arms and knees when they found her on the doorstep and it was still unknown to them who had dropped her off and what had happened. They were just hoping to get to the hospital in time , to save her life. On tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikala and eThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, visited the family in Inanda to extend their condolences.
Zikalala said efforts to curb gender- based violence in the province are well underway and has called for police to ensure the speedy arrest of perpetrators.
Conabeer’s friends said her disappearance remains a mystery. One of the friends, Zamabo Mkhize, alleges that a week before Conabeer went missing, she mentioned that someone had been stalking her, since September last year. Mkhize said Conabeer was worried about the stalker.
She was a star in the making and was the only child her mother had. Friends say she had fruitful plans for her future, especially in the entertainment industry.
Provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said Durban North police were investigating an inquest docket into Conabeer’s death and that a post-mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death.