A Tragic Murder Shocks the Community

A tragedy has struck and left many people feeling shocked, outraged, and deeply saddened. Dr. Zamambo Siphokazi Mkhize, a pediatrician (children’s doctor) from Hilton, was murdered on Friday night. Her body was found stuffed into the trunk of her own VW Polo car in the Imbali J-Section area.

Dr. Mkhize worked at the Harry Gwala Regional Hospital in Edendale. On the evening she was killed, she was supposed to have left work a little earlier than usual to take one of her two children for a medical check-up. However, when she did not return home by around 4 pm as expected, her husband became extremely worried.

He tried calling Dr. Mkhize’s cell phone repeatedly, but she did not answer. Deeply concerned for her safety, he contacted a service called Tracker to help locate her vehicle. Mkhize’s brother, Ntozonke, said the husband also alerted their mother and filed a missing person report with the police.

Pietermaritzburg paediatrician’s body found in the boot of her car

Tragically, around 8 pm, the police called to say they had found Dr. Mkhize’s abandoned car in Imbali. When the family rushed to the scene, the devastating discovery was made – her body was in the trunk. Authorities believe she was shot in the head and assaulted, as she had visible injuries like a bruised, swollen eye. Her handbag and phone were also missing from the car.

The senseless killing of Dr. Mkhize, who earned her master’s degree in 2011 and was one of the few Black women pediatricians in the province, has sparked immense grief. The Department of Health called it a “huge blow” and “huge loss,” lamenting that such a skilled professional dedicated to saving lives was violently taken.

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Medical associations like the South African Medical Association (SAMA) have condemned the murder, highlighting the country’s shortage of specialized doctors. They stated this is unfortunately not the first time a doctor has been killed, and urged police to act decisively against such crimes targeting professionals.

As the investigation continues, the community mourns the tragic loss of the beloved pediatrician – a daughter, sister, wife and mother whose life was senselessly cut short. Many are expressing hope that her killers will be swiftly brought to justice.

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