A group of women marched from Magogo Stadium in White Location, Knysna, to the Knysna Police Station on Tuesday, August 21, to hand over a petition concerning the murder investigation of Nelisa Bantom to the Knysna SAPS station commander, Colonel Nolan Michaels.
The young woman’s body was found in her mother’s home in White Location on January 24. “It was clear that Nelisa had been killed. She was found with cloth in her mouth and a hammer [alongside the body],” read the petition.
The petition further alleged that the blood-stained clothes of the suspect were later found at the scene. According to Bantom’s aunt the murdered young woman’s sister found the suspect’s blood-stained clothes in a sports bag while she was cleaning Bantom’s room shortly after the horrific murder.
“I have accepted my sister’s death, but I cannot accept the way the law is handling the case,” said Bantom’s bereaved sister. “How is it possible that the only suspect was released even though he was the last person to be seen with my sister and his clothes were found covered with blood?” she asked Colonel Michaels during the petition handover.
Read the rest of this article by Fran Kirsten and Nwabisa Ncudwana at the Knysna-Plett Herald.