Killer confesses, hangs himself

2012-06-04 00:00

SHORTLY after paramedic Ndumiso Mbaso killed his lover — Constable Bongiwe Precious Zuma — he drove around with her body in the car, looking for ways to end his own life.

On Friday Mbaso confessed to the murder and yesterday he was found dead in the New Hanover police holding cells. He had hanged himself with prison-issue blankets.

Earlier on Friday, 31-year-old Mbaso pointed out where he had hidden the body of his lover in a deserted area in Thornville.

Zuma had been missing since May 22 and was last seen driving her red VW Golf in the Imbali area.

Her vehicle was found abandoned in the Masons Mill area near Imbali.

In a two-hour long confession made after-hours to magistrate Ashen Singh and chief interpreter Hazel Olifant at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court, an emotional Mbaso said he had decided to come clean as he could no longer bear the thought of “the love of his life lying burnt in a field”.

Recalling the events of that fateful night on May 22, Mbaso, said his relationship with Zuma became estranged when he moved to Bloemfontein three years ago to take up a new job. He had been recently retrenched as an intermediary life-support paramedic.

Mbaso said after he moved to Bloemfontein, Zuma developed a “drinking problem”.

He said they fought quite often since his return in February this year because she would often leave their home for days without notifying him.

He said that on this occasion, she had returned after spending more than a week away from home.

“She was so drunk when she got home, she fell out of the car. I had to assist her and told her to go back to her parents so they could see the condition she was in. She argued with me calling me a ‘useless, infertile man’ and then punched me.

“She carried on hitting me and I eventually grabbed her around her neck to stop her from assaulting me further.

“She continued moving around and then I heard her sneezing. I became concerned and immediately released her, but she fell to the ground. I checked her vital signs and saw she was not breathing,” he said.

He put her into her car and decided to take her to Edendale Hospital.

“When I reached the hospital I realised that I would be in trouble because she was already dead so I drove past the hospital, contemplating what to do,” said Mbaso.

He drove around towards Thornville, thinking of ways to kill himself and even drove in front of an oncoming truck, but the truck swerved and avoided the collision.

Mbaso said he eventually left Zuma’s body in a deserted area in Thornville and then he remembered that she had petrol in her car boot, which she had bought for a relative who owned a brush-cutter.

He doused her body and set it alight. He said he drove around and eventually abandoned her car in the Mason’s Mill area with the keys in the ignition.

He said Zuma frequently called him an “infertile man” as he was “unable to give her children”. They had been to many medical specialists and traditional healers without success.

Zuma’s mother, Lynnete Zuma, described her daughter as a person who was full of life. “My daughter was quiet person who was full of jokes and got along with everyone in Woodlands. We are still waiting for police officials to finish their investigation before we can plan for her funeral.”

Zuma leaves a daughter, Sbongakonke.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel Joey Jeevan confirmed Mbaso’s suicide.

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