Row over cash for sex ended in murder

2011-03-29 00:00

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman pleaded guilty in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to stabbing a man to death after he reneged on his promise to pay her R150 for sex.

Nonhlanhla Silindile Mbuyazi, who is the mother of two children, will be sentenced by Judge Mohini Murugasen today for the murder of Mhlahleni Mnguni and theft of his cellphone.

The crimes were committed in the Mfekayi area near Mtubatuba on February 19.

State advocate Dorian Paver told the court Mbuyazi was tracked down by the police via the stolen cellphone and was arrested on March 2.

She faces a minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment unless the court finds compelling and substantial circumstances justifying a lesser term, because the murder was not premeditated.

In a statement to the court Mbuyazi said Mnguni contacted her on the day in question and she arranged to meet him. He asked her to have sex with him and offered to pay her R150.

“I agreed but I asked him to give the money before we could have sexual intercourse. He told me he was going to give me [the money] after we had finished having sex,” she said.

Mbuyazi said that after sex Mnguni refused to give her the money, and ended up giving her only R30.

“I kept on asking him to give me the money but he said that was the only money he had. I asked him why he did not tell me before we started,” she said.

“I threatened him about telling my mother and brother but he told me that he would do to my mother what he had done to me.”

A scuffle subsequently developed after Mnguni pushed her and she resisted, she said.

“The deceased kept pushing me until I fell down and at that time I got injured in my eye. I was on my knees when I noticed the knife that had fallen down from him. I took the knife and stabbed him. I then took the money that he had given me and his cellphone.”

Mbuyazi said she left Mnguni lying there but he was still alive at that time. She admitted having stabbed him in his chest.

She told the court she is remorseful for what happened.

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