Life terms for jilted woman and accomplice

2013-12-19 00:00

“I AM happy they got life sentences and I never want to see them again.”

That was mother Ivy Hlengwa’s message after the conviction and sentencing of the killers of her son who was burned alive in a Lidgetton shack in an attack that was arranged by a jilted woman.

The intended target of the attack, Msawenkosi Hlengwa, was not home when the shack was doused with petrol and set on fire.

His nephew, Siyabonga Hlengwa, was killed instead on the night of June 5, 2010.

A second man, Mlungisi Mchunu, managed to flee from the burning house by climbing through a window and has since recovered from his injuries.

Acting Judge Madlala Xolo yesterday jailed the “mastermind” behind the attack, Goodness Mchunu (39) and her accomplice, Sibongiseni Mkhize (28), to life plus a total of 30 years’ imprisonment each for the crimes.

He said the “grisly” crimes had been described as a “crime of passion”.

The judge said Mchunu was “spiteful and merciless” and someone who wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of her desires.

The crimes were the result of her being jilted and rejected by Msawenkosi Hlengwa.

The acting judge said he could not imagine a more horrific and painful way for anyone to die.

“There was no part of his [Hlengwa’s] body that wasn’t burnt … He was literally grilled alive,” he said to the sound of suppressed sobs in the packed public gallery.

In her victim impact statement to court, Hlengwa’s mother, Ivy, said when she saw the fire that night she had rushed to try and save her son as she knew he was inside.

“I tried to go through the window. I didn’t care about the fire. I wished I was with him. It broke my heart,” she said.

She said she saw a wall collapse and her son burning.

“To think it was the last time I saw him, I cannot get over it,” she said.

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