NOMPUMELELO Ngubane (38) was threatened weeks ahead of her wedding, to cancel it or die.
On Friday, the eve of her wedding day, Ngubane’s body was found in her car at KwaPata near Pietermaritzburg.
Her family believe she had been strangled to death and police are investigating a case of murder.
Speaking to The Witness, her grieving mother Ntombifikile said she had last spoken to her daughter at around 8.30 am on Friday.
“She left home very early to go and do her hair and also fetch her wedding gown from the boutique in town. She told me she was not going to be gone for long.”
When Ngubane did not return home by 5 pm that day, her family started getting concerned. “We tried to reach her on her cellphone but it was off.”
Ngubane’s body was found slumped in the passenger seat of her car at around 7 pm on Friday in the KwaPata area in Edendale.
According to her family, there was a belt around her neck, suggesting she had been strangled and her face was covered with her head scarf.
One of her relatives who lives in KwaPata was told that Ngubane was missing and she later found out that the car had been spotted in the area. “Most locals who had seen her car in the area thought she was there to visit the relative.
Ntombifikile said after searching for her daughter for hours, the relative told her that her daughter’s car was parked in KwaPata.
“We asked the relative to go to the car and see if Nompumelelo was there.”
The relative then discovered her body.
Police and paramedics were called in and they declared Ngubane dead at the scene.
Ntombifikile said weeks before her wedding, her daughter had received numerous threats telling her to cancel the nuptials.
“She received numerous threatening calls and WhatsApp messages for her to cancel her wedding. A few weeks before the wedding, we found a letter that was slipped under the front door and the letter told her to “cancel the wedding or die”.