Justice catches up with woman who murdered her step-brother

2013-10-10 00:00

THE wheels of justice, like God’s mill, grind slowly but surely, the police warned after a woman was sentenced to a prison term after an elaborate plan to murder her step-brother and claim his R1,9 million life insurance went awry.

Nonhlanhla Zungu (21) of Adams Mission near Amanzimtoti, was sentenced in the Scottburgh Regional Court to life imprisonment for a murder she committed exactly a year ago.

In October last year, Nonhlanhla plied her step-brother Sandile Lucky Zungu with liquor and lured him away from a tavern in Adams Mission where they had been drinking. She then requested a lift from another patron who was heading to the South Coast.

She and Sandile got out at Selborne and continued on foot to the N2 freeway overhead bridge. Here, she grabbed Sandile by the knees and toppled him over the bridge, causing him to come crashing down in the centre median, police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said.

Nonhlanhla then hitch-hiked back home and got a stranger to contact her mother and inform her that Sandile had been run over.

Initially, an inquest docket was registered to investigate Sandile’s death when his mangled body was found. However, investigations led detectives to believe that Sandile had been murdered and the case docket was changed to murder.

The case was assigned to Captain Zenzele Khumalo of the Scottburgh SAPS Detective Service for investigation. Within days, Nonhlanhla was placed under arrest and brought before court.

A pastor who had been conducting prayer services at the Zungu home following Sandile’s death, noticed that she was behaving oddly and he took her aside and spoke with her. She then made a full admission of her involvement in Sandile’s death. Armed with the pastor’s statement, the police got a break in the investigation.

During the trial, it surfaced that Nonhlanhla had taken out a R1,9 million policy cover on Sandile and registered herself as the sole beneficiary. There were five other policies with two other insurance companies too, but these all lapsed due to default on payments.

The woman received the claim forms, but she was arrested before being able to submit them.

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