Mourning woman stabbed in home

2008-06-10 00:00

A recently widowed woman was attacked, stabbed and left for dead while her husband’s body was in the mortuary awaiting burial.

Lungile Mhlongo (29) and her mother Khethiwe Mkhize (44) were severely assaulted and stabbed several times by two men who came into Mhlongo’s house in the France settlement where she was in mourning for her husband.

The attack occurred in front of her two children aged three and five.

Mhlongo’s husband, Jabulani Khumalo (31), was apparently killed in a car accident on Saturday.

Mhlongo and Mkhize are being guarded by a security guard at a city hospital where they are slowly recovering.

Mhlongo said she now lives in fear that her attackers will go to the hospital to finish her off.

“I am afraid they might come for me. They want me dead, but I don’t know why,” she said.

She alleges that her attackers are people that had close relations to her husband.

Both women were sitting in mourning for Khumalo when they were attacked. “We did not lock the door because we were waiting for my mother in-law who had gone to her house to wash,” said Mhlongo.

“We might have dozed off a bit because we were tired. When I woke up two armed men had entered the house, one with a spear and the other with a knobkerrie.

“Without saying a word, the other man started stabbing my daughter, and when I tried to stop him he hit me with the huge knobkerrie,” said Mkhize.

She said her daughter fainted during the process and the attacker started to stab her as well.

Mhlongo has stab wounds under her arm and on her right breast.

Her mother has several stab wounds to the chest and hands and has severe cuts and injuries to the head.

The two men apparently thought Mhlongo was dead, but she woke up after the attack and crawled to the neighbours who called for the police.

Mhlongo told The Witness that the man who stabbed her was her husband’s friend. “He is the same man I was told was with Khumalo on the day he died.”

Mhlongo said she last spoke to Khumalo on the phone on Saturday.

“I was working that night and when I spoke to my husband on the phone earlier, he told me he was going to a party with the same man.”

On Sunday morning, Mhlongo was greeted with the news of the death of her husband. She alleges that she asked the attacker about the accident, but he told her her husband was on his own in the vehicle when the accident happened.

The circumstances of the car accident in which Khumalo was killed are not clear. It is also not clear if there is a link between the two incidents. Police could not provide information regarding the two incidents and said there was no record of the attack. However, Mhlongo told The Witness that police had arrived on the scene.

The police have not yet taken any statements from the injured women.

sandizamie@witness.co.za

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