A 39-year old man appeared in the Umbumbulu Magistrates court to face charges of murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) to Anele Bhengu on Monday.
Thulani Nandos Cele appeared in court to face the charges for the murder of 21-year-old Anele Bhengu, a member of the local LGBTQI+ community. Bhengu, a lesbian, was repeatedly stabbed and her body was dumped in a ditch in a suspected hate crime.
Anele Bhengu’s murder was the latest in a spate of similar murders across the country this year.
SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele earlier said that police officers from Port Shepstone Tactical Response Team, Margate Detectives and the law enforcement agency followed up information regarding the suspect who brutally killed Bhengu in KwaMakhutha.
The team went to Mlahlandlini area at Gcilima on the South Coast.
“Upon seeing the police officers, the suspect fled from his home into the nearby bushes. The police gave chase and he was caught in the bushes. A 39-year-old suspect was placed under arrest and detained at Margate SAPS. He was transferred to KwaMakhutha SAPS for processing,” she said.
“The suspect is linked to the killing of Anele Bhengu who was brutally killed and stabbed multiple times,” she said.
She said police had received a report of the murder of Anele Bhengu on 13 June 2021 at 7am.
“A body of a 21-year-old woman was found with multiple stab wounds on the body,” she said.
The suspect appeared briefly in court on Tuesday. The Anele Bhengu murder case was remanded to 30 June 2021 for a bail application.