Man’s revenge for HIV

2009-02-23 00:00

A MAN who murdered his ex-girlfriend’s 71-year-old lover, whom he blamed for passing on the HI-virus to him, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the crime by high court Judge Chris Nicholson in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Sakhile Maphumulo (24) of the Ndikilini area near Eshowe, pleaded guilty to stabbing Genqa Qwabe to death on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

He said in a statement to court he decided to kill both his ex-girlfriend, Sindi Ntuli — who admitted to him that she had unprotected sex with Qwabe — and Qwabe himself because he held them responsible for his now being HIV positive.

On the day in question he took a knife and went to Qwabe’s house.

Ntuli was not there, but he stabbed Qwabe three times on the neck and twice in the head. He admitted that his actions caused Qwabe’s death.

In his plea, Maphumulo said he was in love with Ntuli, with whom he has two children. He planned to marry her. “To date I have paid four of the agreed bride price of 11 cattle.”

Maphumulo said that in August last year a friend told him that Ntuli was having an affair with Qwabe and that he suspected Qwabe was HIV positive “because several women that the deceased had had relationships with were either sick or dead”.

His friend encouraged him to have an HIV test.

Maphumulo said his cousin, who was Ntuli’s neighbour, also said he was aware of her affair.

He confronted Ntuli about her infidelity.

She initially denied the allegations, but eventually admitted that she had unprotected sex with Qwabe — even though “she did not love him”.

He said Ntuli told him she did it because Qwabe was rich and she believed he would buy her whatever she wanted.

Maphumulo said he ended the relationship with Ntuli and then underwent a blood test.

He discovered he was HIV positive.

“From August of 2008 until the end of January 2009 I went to several traditional healers in order to find a cure for my condition.

“By the end of January I realised that my efforts were futile and I finally accepted that I was terminally ill.

“I decided to kill Ntuli and the deceased as I held them responsible for being HIV positive,” he said.

Maphumulo said when he stabbed Qwabe he intended to kill him, and admitted that he had no legal defence for his actions.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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