Four men have been arrested in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Mandisa Mbambo, who was brutally killed in Durban’s Inanda township last week.

On Monday, The Mercury newspaper revealed more details about the murder. According to family spokesperson Ephraim Mbambo, he saw Mandisa being beaten by a man the day before she was murdered.

When he intervened, the man stopped the attack and left. The next day Ephraim received a call informing him that Mandisa had been murdered.

“When I got there, I could see that it was more than one person who had done this to her,” he said, adding, “Mandisa was a child who tried hard in life and worked several jobs to make some money.”

According to unconfirmed reports, Mandisa’s hands were tied and she had a swollen and bruised face, with stab wounds across her body. It has also been claimed that her pants had been pulled down, suggesting that she might have been raped.

A friend, Nozi Ndlovu, told the Mercury: “We are scared of walking in the streets of this place after what happened to Mandisa. We need to leave this place because we are not safe at all.”

Mbambo’s funeral was held on Sunday and was attended by friends and family as well as KwaZulu Natal legislature Deputy Speaker Mtholephi Mthimkhul.

Mthimkhul welcomed the news of the arrests. “She had a right to be lesbian,” he said.

The four suspects in the murder were set to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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