Teacher denies stabbing and burning girlfriend to death

2017-03-08 06:01

APPEARING in the Pietermaritzburg High Court former teacher at Muden High School, Siyamamkela Odwa Nompumza, denied he had anything to do with murder of his former girlfriend and fellow teacher, Cebisile Happiness Khoza, whose burnt body was found near Harburg after she went missing in May 2015.

The accused claimed he had dropped Khoza off at a beauty salon in Greytown and had then gone to his room.

He told Judge Nkosinathi Chilli­ he had fallen asleep and when he went to fetch her he found the salon closed and she was missing.

He reported her disappearance to the SAPS the following day.

The accused, under cross examination, said he knew Khoza was involved in relationships with two other men and had claimed that one from Dalton was “harassing” her.

When she went missing he thought that maybe she had gone off with one of them.

Nompumza said he had not contacted his former girlfriend’s family or the school “as he did not want to get her into trouble”.

The victim’s body was found on a dirt road near a Harburg plantation. She had been stabbed multiple times and her body doused in petrol and set alight.

Investigating Officer Warrant Officer Moses Ndawonde said it appeared the victim had tried to scratch a phone number in the dirt as she lay dying.

The police had not initially suspected Nompumza, but after his fingerprints were allegedly found on a cool-drink bottle which had contained petrol at the scene of the crime, he was arrested.

Judgment will be handed down by Judge Chilli on April 5.

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