Stabbing victim found dead in Mayfair parking area

POLICE officers who were on duty on Sunday morning at the Mayfair, were met with the unnerving discovery of a dead body on the cricket field, which had been used for parking the night before.

The body, which was later found to be that of 25 year old Simangaliso Zwane from Mondlo, had only one stab wound to the throat.

According to detective-constable Nhlanhla Magubane, post-mortem results showed that the depth of the wound had been the cause for the young man’s death.


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“The people who had a look at the wound, say that certain vessels were damaged around Simangaliso’s throat, and that he bled to death. He may have been stabbed at a particular place, walked, fell and died at another,” said the detective.

The detective said that the deceased’s family was shocked to find out what had happened as he had been strictly told not to go to the fair. It is believed he may have sneaked out.

Although it is still unclear what events lead up to this gruesome killing, a murder case has been opened.


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Simangaliso’s stabbing was not the only one, as emergency service people that were at the fair, also treated another person for a minor stabbing injury.

Alcohol, loud music and rowdy behaviour seemed to be at a peak in the parking lot, where many people were seen sitting on camp chairs, with all car doors wide open.

Although the police were on duty, Captain Cheryl Venter said that nothing could be done about the drinking as there is no longer a law against public drinking.

Being a family-event, many locals often look forward to attending the Mayfair for the fun rides and great food, yet the memory of this year’s fair will be tainted by stories of alcohol, chaos and murder.

Sine Thwala

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