Durban Couple Dies After Neighbour Fumigates Flat in Musgrave

Durban Couple Dies After Neighbour Fumigates Flat in Musgrave

  • A recently married Durban couple was found dead in their apartment on Wednesday, 29 September
  • Authorities said that it appeared as though the couple inhaled toxic fumes from an adjoining apartment that fumigated
  • A relative found the couple when they went to check in on them after the couple weren't answering their phones

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MUSGRAVE - A Durban couple was found dead after allegedly inhaling fumes from fumigation of the apartment opposite theirs.

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A Durban couple died after inhaling toxic fumes. Image: 10'000 Hours & Ivan-balvan
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The incident occurred on Wednesday, 29 September. A relative found the bodies when they went to the apartment to check up on the couple after they weren't answering their phones.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, the relative immediately notified emergency services upon discovering the bodies, TimesLIVE reported.

eThekwini fire and rescue services, South African Police Services (SAPS) explosive unit and Berea SAPS responded to the scene. The authorities established that a white powder-like substance was used to fumigate the adjoining apartment.

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One of the couple's neighbours describes them as helpful and loving. The neighbour told IOL that the couple had recently married and that the incident was shocking and unfortunate.

An inquest docket has been opened at Berea Saps.

South Africans weigh in on the couple's untimely death

Mzansi is shocked that the couple passed in such an unfortunate way.

Here are some reactions:

@TshepiPhor said:

"What a sad way to die."

@patzyshongz added:

"Very sad indeed."

Gondai Mazhuwa asked:

"Unbelievable..what was this substance used to fumigate that was so toxic ? Huh"

Carina Kinks Whitehead commented:

"Condolences to their family and friends"

Ephraim Mathapo claimed:

"A whip must be cracked, someone is definitely liable for their death."

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Previously Briefly News reported that a Durban police officer arrested for allegedly murdering a suspect and hiding his body said his life was in danger.

The 42-year-old testified during his bail application at the Pinetown magistrate’s court on Wednesday, 21 September, when he claimed that there had been two attempts on his life since his incarceration.

Sergeant Ayanda Ntombela faces charges of kidnapping, premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice. It is alleged that Ntombela took Sihle Mtshare from his home for questioning on Sunday, 21 August, and his body was found later in a drain.

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