Wife to face trial for cop’s murder

2008-09-16 00:00

A 28-year-old woman and the man she allegedly hired to kill her policeman husband in January this year in order to benefit from his pension and insurance policies, have been indicted to stand trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court from January 26 to 30.

The accused are Xolani Ndlovu (28) of Elandskop and Lungile Mazeka of Scottsville, wife of the late Inspector Johannes Mazeka, whose decomposed body was recovered near Howick on January 10.

The policeman was stationed at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court at the time of his death.

The state alleges in its indictment that the relationship between Lungile Mazeka and her husband had become acrimonious some time prior to his murder and the couple no longer lived together.

Inspector Mazeka contributed to a pension and life insurance fund of which his wife was the beneficiary in the event of his death.

She allegedly decided to have him killed and enlisted the aid of her cousin, Erick Shelembe. He allegedly agreed to act as a “middle man” to hire a person to kill her husband and in return, Lungile Mazeka allegedly agreed to pay R20 000 for the murder.

The indictment alleges that Shelembe approached Ndlovu to carry out the deed and Ndlovu agreed to it.

On January 2 this year, Shelembe is said to have met Lungile Mazeka, who informed him that her husband would be in Pietermaritzburg that day. They agreed that she should take him to the Kismet Hotel.

Shelembe later went to the hotel where he allegedly met Ndlovu, who was driving a Nissan Sentra.

Ndlovu is said to have suggested to him that Mazeka should be strangled with a rope to make his death look like suicide. At about 4.30 pm, Lungile Mazeka contacted Shelembe and informed him that her husband was at the Kismet Hotel. He thereafter joined the policeman, who was drinking at the hotel. When Mazeka was “drunk” at about 5.30 pm, Shelembe allegedly took him to Ndlovu’s car and they drove him to Edendale where Shelembe bought vodka and gave it to Mazeka.

At about 9.30 pm, the two men are alleged to have driven Mazeka towards Howick, stopping at the roadside where Ndlovu allegedly took him into the bush and strangled him. Lungile Mazeka is on bail of R3 000 and Ndlovu is awaiting trial in custody.

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