Woman slain with axe

2011-06-30 00:00

A GRUESOME incident in Pietermaritzburg in which a 32-year-old woman was hacked to death with the axe left lodged in her head led to the arrest of her 40-year-old boyfriend on Tuesday afternoon.

When police pounced on the suspect, who is from Sobantu, more than 25 hours after the murder he was still wearing bloodstained clothes.

Sibongile Ximba was killed in house C at Alex Road Complex in Alexandra Road, Bisley, at about 8 pm on Monday.

She was struck twice on the head with an axe, which was apparently brand- new. Police found the axe still lodged in her head.

Ximba, who is originally from Imbali Unit 13, moved to Bisley early last year.

From the murder scene police started an intense search for the boyfriend. He was apprehended in Golf Road, Pelham, at about 3.15 pm.

“He was still clad in bloodstained clothing,” said police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker.

When The Witness visited the murder scene yesterday morning the doors were locked and the house was empty. Only the bathroom windows were left open.

The couple rented one of the two bedrooms in the house. Another woman, who witnessed the attack, rents the second bedroom.

Police have established that Ximba was attacked after an argument with her boyfriend.

It is alleged that the housemate heard Ximba screaming in isiZulu, “He’s killing me, he’s killing me” and rushed to investigate.

She saw the man attacking Ximba with the axe before he ran away, said Naicker.

A supervisor at the complex said the couple’s housemate was so traumatised that she went home to Estcourt.

“We are also too traumatised. My husband would not let me into the house to see the body because he was protecting me from seeing the bad thing,” said the supervisor.

Ximba’s elder sister, Nonkululeko Ngcobo, said her sister worked for the Post Office and when her contract ended she joined Mazakhele Project, a church youth club, where she worked as a secretary.

“She loved our children although she did not have a child of her own.

“We went to her room after hearing about the incident yesterday morning. We found bloodstains next to her bed.

“Police told us that the axe was new, and there was also a new rope found at the scene,” said Ngcobo.

Ximba’s shocked neighbours said both she and her boyfriend were nice people.

Said Rebecca Kgotleng, “We were very close to each other since we met last year. She used to say, ‘I always visit you in your house, but you don’t come to me.’

“The man was such a gentleman, and what happened left me shocked.”

Mnini Maphalala, who knew Ximba when they lived in Imbali, said, “She was a lovely person. Both she and my wife work for the Post Office although in different places.”

Naicker said police are trying to establish the motive for the attack.

The suspect is due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

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