“She left the house and locked the front perimeter gate padlock behind her. Some of the windows were left open. The front door was closed,” he said.
“At about 4:10pm her cousin [Nosiphiwo] returned home and could not get into the house as the gate was still locked. She did not have a key for the padlock.”
“Attempts to call her [Ntombizandile] to open the house failed. After a while, Nosiphiwo thought that she [Ntombizandile] had maybe gone to the nearby crèche to fetch her child,” Labans said.
When Nosiphiwo arrived at the crèche, the child was still there and Ntombizandile nowhere to be seen.
“The two then went back to the house at about 5pm and after not being able to gain entry, she went to the neighbour and asked if they could cut the lock of the gate,” he said.
One of the men working on the neighbouring property, Santon Peters, 32, said Nosiphiwo had come to them for assistance.
“I fetched the angle grinder and went to the front gate where I cut the lock off. I then left and do not know what else happened,” he said.
Labans said that after Nosiphiwo got into the house, she found Ntombizandile lying on the bed with both the television and cellphone missing.