Slain mall security guard’s family refuse to accept killer’s apologies

2014-12-10 00:00

“WE don’t accept his apologies. He is a liar.”

This was the response yesterday by family and friends of mall security guard Sindisiwe Charity Mshengu (28) who was stabbed to death by her fiancé, Nkululeko Ngubane (30), on July 7.

Afterwards Ngubane tried to kill himself by jumping off a bridge onto the N3 highway, and suffered multiple broken and dislocated bones.

Ngubane was jailed for 18 years by Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati, sitting with assessor Fred Heuer.

Mshengu’s father, Simon, said, however, he’d wanted Ngubane to get life. He said Ngubane’s family was “happy and laughing” about the sentence but they were not.

“My daughter wasn’t pregnant and she did not have an abortion,” he said.

He was referring to Ngubane’s claim that this revelation by Mshengu was what triggered the stabbing.

He and other family members alleged Ngubane’s relationship with Mshengu was over and he had another girlfriend when he stabbed her.

Passing sentence earlier, Judge Poyo-Dlwati said mitigating factors in Ngubane’s favour were that he was capable of rehabilitation, was remorseful, pleaded guilty and didn’t make Mshengu’s family suffer through a protracted trial.

“I have heard you crying uncontrollably in court,” she said as Ngubane once again sobbed out loud.

“What you did was unforgivable but I hope the deceased’s family will find it in their hearts to forgive you. In this way, I believe they will find closure,” she said.

She said, however, the way he killed Mshengu was “callous, cruel and brutal”. She was defenceless and wasn’t expecting to be stabbed.

“I said this was a crime of passion, but it was also a crime of vengeance. You didn’t want her to break off her relationship with you,” she told Ngubane.

The judge said he’d wanted to control his fiancée.

She said women must be free to make choices.

“They must choose if they want to remain in a relationship or move on. They must not be treated as property. They are human beings in their own right,” she said.

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