Man in court for Lens woman's murder

eNCA's Nqobile Madlala reports. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A distraught family from Lenasia, south of Johannesburg wants justice for their sister.

Naadira Vanker's body was found in a shallow grave in Orange Farm, six days after she went missing last month.

The man accused of her murder has appeared in court.

Abida Genner, the sister of the deceased, said, "there was no need to do what they did and as a result, our sister is not with us today".

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Vanker's family has many questions about what happened to her.

She had four children who have now been left without a mother.

What is even more painful, is that the man accused of her murder is known to the family.

Genner said, "he is known to the family. It is someone that Naadi has fed, she has given food to this guy.  All we want is justice for our sister and we want the police to do their job properly."

The suspect Lucky Mushubi has now appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court. He has opted to represent himself.

That means the judge had to explain the legal proceedings to him.

Community activist Cheryl Pillay says what has hurt the family, even more, is alleged police negligence in handling the evidence.

Pillay said, "it's very sloppy work, I mean here the family came back to the scene. The evidence is still laying there, the top of the deceased little boy is still laying on the scene here. I don't know what happened but there is still evidence laying in the yard"

The accused hasn't applied for bail and the case has been postponed to 23 June.


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