Cape woman's killers at her funeral

2012-03-19 19:59
Cape Town - A couple awaiting sentence for killing an acting school principal attended her funeral as "innocent mourners", the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Vuyisile Ndzumeka, his wife Yalezwa, and their co-accused Luvo Nketho, have been convicted of murdering Nomzoxolo Dziba, who was at the time the acting principal of the Sithembele Mathiso High School in New Crossroads.

They appeared before acting Judge Boet Smit and assessors Johann Vermaak and Hester Fouche, both retired magistrates.

Vuyisile was employed in a financial capacity at the school.

Fraud

He and his wife murdered Dziba when she requested financial statements, fearing that she would discover irregularities.

The three are also to be sentenced for a second murder, unrelated to the murder of the principal.

In this case, Vuyisile and his wife took out fraudulent insurance policies on the life of Bongani Dingana, then murdered him for the insurance payout.

At Monday's proceedings, the slain principal's sister-in-law Nomkomzo Dziba told the court: "My brother does not feel comfortable about testifying about his deceased wife, and I have come in his place to talk about the family."

She said her sister-in-law's clan name Nomtusi was significant in the family as it meant shelter for the family.

"She was the one to take responsibility for the entire family, and was always available to both the family and community as a supporter and a sister. There's no one to take care of my brother now - he is on his own."

She said her brother and his wife had a child and a grandchild, both of whom had lived with her prior to her death.

Driving force


She said the murdered woman had been a "driving force" in the community, and had always encouraged others to be educated.

"She was an all-rounder and was active in church circles and the community, and was always readily available for the development of others in the community."

Referring to Vuyisile Ndzumeka, she said: "The family clan was very disappointed to find that one of our clan was one of those accused of the murder of my sister-in-law.

"We saw Vuyisile and his wife at the memorial church services, as well as at the funeral. Vuyisile was at the memorial service as the choir master."

The mourning services were at the home of the deceased, and all three accused had attended the services.

Asked by prosecutor Denyse Greyling how the family felt about their loss, she replied: "We feel that people who are able to plan to kill someone, and carry out the murder successfully, and take someone's life, are a danger to the community and should be removed.

"Our home is just empty without the deceased. She was the youngest in the family, but she was the responsible one."

The case continues on March 23.
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