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The brutal murder of a domestic worker has put the Malvern community and police on high alert. Her death was the second house break-in-related murder in less than a month.
Busi Mlambo was at her employer’s home on the day of the tragic incident, according to Malvern Police spokesperson Sergeant Kheswa. “The house owner went to get her handyman, leaving her domestic worker behind for about an hour.”
After picking up the handyman, the homeowner went to a store to get some supplies, utterly unaware of the horror unfolding at her home. Sergeant Kheswa explains that when she returned home, the homeowner became suspicious immediately. The garage door was half-open, while both security gates to the house were locked.
“She immediately started calling for her domestic worker, but she got no response.”
Busi’s employer entered the house and began searching for her. She then noticed the laundry room’s door was shut and locked from the outside. When she opened the door, she discovered Busi in a pool of blood on the floor. She had multiple stab wounds in her upper body.
Sergeant Kheswa reports that the employee immediately summoned her son, who lives in a granny flat on the property. The police were then called.
Outside, Busi’s handbag was discovered, along with a clean knife. Footprints were found in the yard, indicating the suspect’s escape. According to Sergeant Kheswa, the prints showed that the suspect may have fled in the direction of the N7. “The K9 unit was notified to see if they could track down the suspect.”
However, a week after Busi’s death, no suspects have been apprehended. Even though the house was ransacked, the only thing stolen was the employer’s laptop.
While police work around the clock to solve the heinous murder, Busi’s death comes on the heels of the brutal murder of a mother in the Malvern area.
According to Sergeant Kheswa, the murder occurred on 7 October 2021, when a young man left his mother at home to pick up his sister from the airport. “The doors were locked when the two arrived home. They called for their mother but got no response.”
The siblings began walking around their house, looking for clues.
Sergeant Kheswa says, “The young lady then walked to her mother’s bedroom window and pulled the curtain aside to see if she could look inside. She then noticed her mother on the floor, semi-naked and bleeding from the face and chest.”
Because both incidents followed a similar pattern, Malvern police have implemented new strategic plans to apprehend the perpetrators.
The police station is now encouraging all victims who were robbed at knifepoint to come forward and provide a description of the suspects, as this could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the two murders.
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