Jail again for man who twice slew lovers

2010-05-14 00:00

A MAN who murdered his fiancée and attempted to murder her 18-year-old daughter while he was still serving a sentence of correctional supervision for the 2006 murders of another former girlfriend and her child, was jailed effectively for 25 years by Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Mohini Murugasen yesterday.

Murugasen, sitting with assessors, found that Penuel Nhlapo (41) was not deterred by the previous sentences and apparently “cared little” what would happen to him if he re-offended.

“He has shown a predisposition to violence, especially towards women with whom he is in a relationship,” she said.

She sentenced Nhlapo to 25 years’ imprisonment — the minimum sentence for a third offence of unpremeditated murder — for killing Mamile Madide (27) by stabbing her four times on March 15 at Osizweni, Newcastle.

He was sentenced to a further eight years’ imprisonment for stabbing Madide’s daughter, Ayanda Mtshali, when she rushed into the room upon hearing her mother’s screams. The judge ordered that the two sentences should run concurrently.

Nhlapo said in a statement to the court that he and Madide had been lovers on a “sporadic basis”for over 20 years since they were in high school.

In 2009 they decided to marry and started negotiating lobola a few weeks before her death.

He said Madide invited him to stay with her that weekend. However, her suggestion that he should use a different sort of condom than the one he normally used caused him to suspect she was cheating on him. Her cellphone also rang regularly and she pretended to answer it while claiming that the caller was hanging up on her.

He confronted her and a heated argument ensued. She eventually admitted to having an affair and “demeaned” him by calling his manhood into question.

Enraged by her taunts, he slapped her; she grabbed a knife and tried to stab him.

Nhlapo said he took the knife and stabbed her. When Mtshali ran into the room he stabbed her twice before he realised she was not a danger to him. He then fled.

Another wife killer, Shamandla Zondi (35) of Nkandla, was jailed for 10 years by Judge Murugasen yesterday for the murder of Thokozile Ngema — the mother of his two children — in July 2009.

Zondi pleaded guilty to the murder this week and described in a statement how he struck a drunk Ngema with his walking stick, causing her death. Overcome by shock and fear, he buried her body and for three months pretended he did not know what had happened to her, before he confessed.

The judge found in his case that there were compelling and substantial circumstances that justified a lower sentence than the prescribed minimum of 15 years’ jail for a first offender.

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