Municipality planning manager, murder suspect

2015-05-29 06:00
Umzimvubu Local Municipality infrastructure and planning manager, Sandi Ntonga.
Photo: ntuntu dweba

Umzimvubu Local Municipality infrastructure and planning manager, Sandi Ntonga. Photo: ntuntu dweba

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A 38-YEAR-OLD man was granted R10 000 bail by the Durban Magistrate’s Court after he was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife.

Umzimvubu Local Municipality infrastructure and planning manager, Sandi Ntonga, allegedly shot and killed his wife at their holiday flat on Meridian Drive in Umhlanga Rocks last Thursday.

Akhona Sentane (38), a Matatiele doctor, was found dead with a bullet to her head. A post-mortem revealed that she had swollen eyes and bruises on her body raising suspicion she had been beaten.

According to reports Ntonga had gone to Durban on a conference, and after receiving information that his wife had been with another man, he went to their holiday flat.

It is unclear whether he caught them together, but there was an altercation.

Additional reports say Ntonga called his brother to tell him he had done something he was ashamed of. The brother then contacted the police, who went to the holiday flat and found the woman dead.

Provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the suspect went to King Shaka International Airport in a bid to flee from his crime. He was discovered at the airport, where he threatened to kill himself in view of everyone.

Zwane said police and emergency workers at the scene were able to negotiate­ with the man, and he was arrested.

The suspect was taken to Durban North police station and detained.

Representing Ntonga, Advocate Peter Nogie said his client has no previous criminal record.

The case was remanded to 25 June

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