Cop admits murder

2014-12-11 00:00

POLICEWOMAN Thembelihle Ngcobo (32) said she shot her lover and colleague Bongani Lembethe several times with her service pistol earlier this year because she lost her temper.

Ngcobo, a mother of two, pleaded guilty before Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to Lembethe’s murder at Pineview Mews in Prestbury on the night of March 3.

She said that while in a state of “being pregnant, depressed and rejected”, she lost her temper and fired several shots at Lembethe. She then ran to the gate of the complex and waited for a car to come in so she could get out. Afterwards she drove through the night and reached Vryheid, where she handed herself over to police early the next morning.

In her plea, read to court by her advocate Louis Barnard, Ngcobo said she and Lembethe started a relationship in 2012 while they were both with the Tactical Response Team in Pietermaritzburg.

Lembethe wanted to keep the affair a secret, saying his family wouldn’t approve, and she became depressed.

Ngcobo said she fell pregnant in October 2012 that year but miscarried.

Once when she found another woman at Lembethe’s house, she had “chased” him with her firearm.

Afterwards he obtained a family violence interdict against her.

However, soon after it was served he contacted her and they resumed their affair.

Unable to “handle the sneaking around”, she tried to end the relationship again in February last year, but he convinced her to continue with it. Then in September 2013, she fell pregnant again.

Ngcobo said when Lembethe refused to tell his family, she went to them herself and told them.

Lembethe was “very angry” and their relationship went downhill.

He started ignoring her and failed to keep their appointments.

On the day of the shooting she went to the complex where his brother lived and waited for him. She tried calling him but he ignored her calls.

When he arrived, he was “furious” and told her she should not be there.

“I told him he was a coward and we should go inside and talk to his family … By now I was in an emotional mess,” she said. She tried to open the door, but he pushed her away and said he wanted nothing to do with her.

“I then lost my temper completely and produced my service pistol … Everything now was just too much for me so I fired several shots at the deceased, whereafter he fell to the ground,” she said.

The case was postponed until February 27 next year for pre-sentencing reports.

Poyo-Dlwati extended Ngcobo’s R2 000 bail until then.

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