Ex kills mother of two (29)

2010-04-12 00:00

A 29-YEAR-OLD mother of two children was murdered, allegedly by her former boyfriend, on Saturday evening in Edendale, apparently because she ended their relationship.

Chwane Nxele, the mother of a three-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl, was stabbed in the face, neck and body more than 10 times. The incident happened at about 7 pm.

The suspect is believed to be a 25-year-old who lives in Imbali Unit 3. He was reportedly still at large by yesterday evening.

It is believed that Nxele ended their three-month relationship about two months ago.

“We were in the sitting room when we heard a knock. I opened and he called Chwane to come out to talk to him,” said Nomkhosi Ngobese, the deceased’s friend.

She said Nxele, who worked as a cleaner at the Golden Horse Casino, was bathing her baby boy.

“She just ignored him, and the man left,” Ngobese said.

He later returned to call her out again. This time she went out, closing the door behind her

“I heard Chwane asking him what he was looking for because they were no longer in a relationship.”

A few minutes later Nxele was heard crying for help.

“We ran to her, thinking he was just assaulting her. As we came closer, we heard her shouting that he was killing her. She said: ‘I’m dying, what will happen to my children’,” said Ngobese.

When Ngobese and Nxele’s elder sister Xolisile Nxele (31) got to the scene they found her covered in blood, but still alive. She died while they were still looking for help to take her to the hospital.

“We saw the man running away and we called on people to stop him, but there was no one around,” she said.

Xolisile said the incident not only robbed her of the only surviving member of her family, but left her with the responsibility of taking care of the deceased’s two children.

She said the suspect was a quiet man, whom she had not seen since her sister broke up with him.

“He was a very nice guy who neither used alcohol nor smoked. He was a dedicated churchgoer. He also had a decent job, although I’m not sure what he was doing.

“Police said my sister had 12 wounds on the face, arms, neck and chest,” said Xolisile.

Xolisile and Nxele’s children have since move in with their relatives in Kwaqanda.

She said Nxele broke up with the suspect because he was always demanding that she spend nights with him at his Imbali home.

“She would tell him that she could not always be with him every day because she has children to look after. When she refused to visit him he would accuse her of having an affair, which made Chwane end the relationship,” Xolisile said.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspect was still at large yesterday evening.

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