A 38 year old South African bride to be has been found dead in her car a day before her wedding.
Nompumelelo Ngubane, received threatening calls and WhatsApp messages which reads: “Cancel the wedding or die” On Friday, August 18, the eve of her wedding day, Ngubane’s body was found in her car at KwaPata, in Peietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Her family believe she had been strangled to death and police are investigating a case of murder. Plessislaer police station spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela, who confirmed the incident said they are investigating a case of murder and that no arrests have been made yet.
The mother of two and a nurse at Edendale hospital, is believed to have left home on Friday morning to go to a hair salon and to fetch her wedding gown in the CBD. She was due to get married on Saturday, August 19, at the Golden Horse Casino.
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. One of her brothers said he had last communicated with her on WhatsApp at around 1.40 pm that day.”
Ntombifikile said they later learned that Ngubane did not arrive at the boutique to fetch her dress as per the arrangement. Her 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.
Her handbag and her wallet and cellphone were also missing.
Her car was seen by locals on the side of the road from around 2 pm that day but they did not realise that a body was in the vehicle.
One of her relatives who lives in KwaPata said 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. Passers-by could not see there was a person in the car because both the front seats were lowered.”
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.
“She saw her inside the car and thought she may have fallen asleep. She knocked on the window but there was no response. She then opened the door and shook her but she did not respond.”
Police and paramedics were called in and they declared Ngubane dead at the scene.