The 23-year-old KwaZulu-Natal woman allegedly kidnapped last month died on Monday in hospital. Her family believe she was poisoned.
On August 18, Natasha Conabeer left her Florida Road flat in Durban to visit her family in Inanda. As she hadn’t shown up as agreed, the relatives reported her disappearance to the police.
“It started on the ninth. We couldn’t get in contact with her and her friends said they were in contact with her. On the 19th, the mother decided to open a case with missing persons because her friends told her that they were no longer in contact with her and they can’t find her,” Nosipho Goba, the victim’s aunt, stated.
Unfortunately, the search operation had not yielded any results for three weeks.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Conabeer was dropped unconscious at her family home doorstep. There were bruises on her arm and knee. Nobody saw who brought her there.
“At the hospital it was found that she had been poisoned with brake fluid and had large quantities of paracetamol drugs in her system,” Goba explained. “That is what they [doctors] said, and they said it affected her organs.”
Despite all the implemented measures, Conabeer died on Monday in the ICU without revealing the mystery of her disappearance.
The police have opened an inquest docket and are awaiting post mortem results to continue their investigation.
One of Natasha’s friends, Zamambo Mkhize, claimed she had mentioned being stalked a week before the alleged kidnapping. This information is also being checked.