Lover's head crushed in door

2012-05-31 00:00

A TUMULTUOUS 10-year love affair ended in tragedy when a man died after his head was crushed between the door and door frame during an altercation with his girlfriend.

Apparently, Mkhonzeni “Tiza” Sithole was drunk when he paid an unexpected visit to his girlfriend, Nonjabulo Mncanyana, in the wee hours of Monday morning.

“He started pushing my bedroom door, which wasn’t locked. The lock was broken by him during one of our many fights, so I usually jam it by placing a sofa between the door and my bed to keep it closed while I am asleep,” said Mncanyana.

The house is still under construction and has no main door which is why Sithole was able to just walk through to her bedroom.

She told The Witness that Sithole, armed with a knife, tried to force his way in through the tiny opening in the door; pushing and shoving. As his upper body and head were inside the room, she pushed the sofa with all her might to force the door shut.

“He tried to gain entry. I was scared. It was about 3.30 am. I then tried to close the door with all of my strength because I thought he was going to stab me.”

She shouted for help and her grandmother, who was sleeping in the other room, rushed to see what was going on.

She then called her father and a neighbour on her cellphone, while fighting to close the door.

“As I heard my neighbour’s voice inside the house I stopped pushing and Sithole fell on the floor.

“Maybe if I hadn’t pushed the sofa to close the door he would have killed me,” said Mncanyana.

She said their relationship was “normal”, but Sithole became very violent whenever he was drunk.

“I’m heartbroken about this incident as he died by the door of my bedroom,” she cried.

The couple have a four-year-old daughter.

Sithole’s mother, Thembisisle, said she still had more questions than answers following her son’s death.

Thembisisle Sithole, who lives in Willowfountain, told The Witness that she didn’t believe that Mncanyana was alone in the house when the incident happened, or that she had the strength to crush her son’s head.

“Where did she get that much strength to push the door when she is so thin? I suspect that she was with someone else in the house,” she said.

Sithole’s aunt said Sithole supported his child and two of his siblings with the money he made as a street vendor.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said an inquest docket has been opened.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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