On Sunday 1 November 2020 at around 5:30 pm, Jessica Merle Leanne Weyers (23) left her apartment on Pickering Street, near South Beach and walked in the direction of Smith Street in Durban. On Monday, 2 November police released a statement saying a murder investigation was underway: “Today at 7am, a body of an unknown female in her 20s was found by the community members at the sports ground at Newtown with her throat slit and hands cut,” said Col Thembeka Mbele.
A missing person bulletin for Jessica was widely circulated on the Internet, but by Wednesday the body of the unknown female found by the police was identified as that of Jessica Weyers by her mother. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that Jessica had been found with gruesome lacerations on her throat and her hands severed entirely.
This was not the first time Jessica featured on social media. She was widely cited as a source during investigations into the brutal murder of Siam Lee. The Siam Lee murder was particularly gruesome as her charred body was found in a sugar cane field defaced and with no teeth because her killer had bludgeoned her to death with a hammer and then burned her body beyond recognition.
The Siam Lee case exposed the underground world of drugs and sex workers in Durban. The coastal city had become a foothold for Nigerian drug cartels and other foreign nationals that have teamed up to operate brothels in upmarket suburbs.
Capitalising on the vulnerable, destitute and victims of drug addiction, South Africa has a horrific record of femicide and rape with criminals operating with impunity in the cities and affluent suburbs.
No arrests have been made for the murder of Jessica Weyers.
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How a gifted young girl was kidnapped and murdered: The Siam Lee story. Source: Multimedia Live
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