Gruesome details emerge after 78-year-old woman murdered in Bluff


A palpable rage and sadness has engulfed the community of Bluff in Durban, after an elderly woman was found murdered in her home earlier this week.

Notozile Tshabalala was aged 78 before she met a terrifying end: It’s understood the criminals suspected of being involved may have been too close for comfort.

Elderly woman murdered in Bluff, Durban

Durban Metro Spokesperson Parbhoo Sewpersad has suggested that two men were living with Tshabalala before her demise. They had, apparently, promised to renovate the house for her. But neighbours raised the alarm when they hadn’t heard from the victim for a few days, and the lodgers were nowhere to be seen.

“When the body was recovered the hands were tied and there were signs that the victim was strangled. At the moment, there are no arrests and police are continuing with the investigation.”

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS Spokesperson Thembeka Mbele

Notozile Tshabalala murder details: What we know so far

  • KwaZulu-Natal social development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza revealed that the body had been “butchered”.
  • According to SAPS, her lifeless body had already begun the decomposition process.
  • Her hands were bound and tied-up in the Bluff residence when she was discovered.
  • It’s thought the method of murder was strangulation, after the Durban local suffered extensive injuries to her neck.
  • However, Sewpersad says the body was found “rolled up in a carpet”, with signs of “blunt force trauma” to her head.

The metro division also claims to have evidence that the suspects tried to burn Tshabalala’s body once they had murdered her. This, after she had been left in a bathtub at the end of her ordeal.