UPDATE: No arrests yet in the Hillary Gardee murder case

UPDATE: No arrests yet in the Hillary Gardee murder case

Hillary was the daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee, Hillary.

She was found in the same clothes as she was last seen in. Hillary was last seen wearing a black top and black trousers.

This vibrant young woman, who was busy doing a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, went missing on Friday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said no arrests had been made by Wednesday morning.

“Police are probing a murder case and preliminary investigation revealed that Hillary had bruises on her head. She was still wearing the same clothes she was wearing on the day of her disappearance.

“Her personal belongings appear to have been stolen by her assailant(s).”

The Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, visited the bereaved family before addressing members of the media outside the Gardee’s home on Tuesday.


Mdhluli said a team of investigators had been assembled.

While police could not yet confirm the speculations of a kidnapping or abduction, the EFF made it clear that it looked at this stage as though Hillary was abducted and murdered.

The motive behind this brutal murder is still unknown.


  • Hillary was last seen at Nelspruit Plaza Super Spar in the central business district around 17:30 on Friday, 29 April 2022.
  • A three-year-old adopted child who was with her at the time had been returned home. It is not known by whom.
  • Hillary was reported missing by her family on Saturday, 30 April 2022.
  •  On Monday, a reward of R100 000 was issued by the family for information leading to the location of Hillary.
  • On Tuesday morning, the body of Hillary Gardee was found in bushes near Mbombela.

Mdhluli said police were called out to the scene where a group of people discovered Hillary’s body.

“They were on their way to work when they came across the body of a lady. She has now been identified by her family as Hillary Gardee. She was still wearing the same clothes she was in when she went missing.

“There were some wounds on her head, and police are now investigating a murder case.

“Anyone with information that may assist police in the investigation — may be people who know who the killer is — can call the Crime Stop number at 08600-10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MySaps app. All information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” said Mdhluli.

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