By SYLVESTER MWALE –
POLICE in South Africa are looking for two people believed to be Zambians, in connection with the death of a student whose body was found in a bath tub at her flat in Cape Town on Saturday.
Stephen Kenneth Newman Chitobolo and Leo Milimo Chingwena are being sought, after being linked to the death of Zanele Moyo, the daughter of Zimbabwean Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Media reports indicate that Chitobolo and Chingwena were friends to Zanele and one of them had been taking her out last week.
Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba said he was saddened by the reports and appealed to the two who are reported to be on the run to immediately hand themselves to the police to help with investigations.
Mr Mwamba however, called for calm and patience to allow the police establish the facts and circumstances under which Zanele died.
“We wish to pass our deep felt condolences to Honourable Jonathan Moyo and the entire bereaved family for this tragic loss and hope that God will strengthen them during this difficult period.
“It is not a period to pass blame, or condemnation until the truth is fully established. Zambia has a large population of students in colleges and universities in South Africa. The Zambians are known for their peace, discipline and general good conduct. This event, therefore, is sad, but isolated,” he said.
Zanele’s body is said to have been discovered in a bath tub at her Cape Town flat on the morning of last Saturday.
The cause of Zanele’s death remains unknown, although a huge amount of blood was discovered on the floor, sparking speculations that she could have been murdered.
South African media reports have quoted police spokesperson F.C. Van Wyk as saying that police had opened a murder investigation.
Chingwena reportedly introduced Zanele to Chitobolo who immediately took a liking to Professor Moyo’s daughter and by last week had started taking her out.
Chitobolo, according to media reports, has become a key person of interest after he used Zanele’s phone last Wednesday evening to call her friend, Nicole Bento, to tell her Zanele was “passing out”.
Nicole is said not to have made much of the call, believing her friend had just taken one too many.
Chitobolo who is now thought to have fled to Zambia, is said to have been spotted at the OR Tambo International Airport earlier this week by Zanele’s friend and sister, who were travelling to Zimbabwe.