Dad killed son to punish mom

2013-05-20 10:04

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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal father told a local court last week that he stabbed his 3-year-old son to death to punish the boy’s mother for having an affair.

Sibonelo Ndlela, 25, said he repeatedly stabbed his son, Ayabongwa, even as the child lay screaming and crying on the bed, begging his father to stop, reported the Daily News.

Ndela made a statement to court in which he said he had two children with his girlfriend Samkelisiwe Ngubane - Ayabongwa and a 4-year-old daughter.

“Ngubane and I had a stormy relationship and I suspected her of cheating on me.  On the morning of 1 May we were in town in Pietermaritzburg, when she admitted to cheating on me because I was a drunkard,” Ndlela said.

Ngubane apparently told him to leave her alone and said she wanted to meet her new lover.


Ndella then went drinking and later in the evening went home to see if she had returned.

"I put Ayabongwa to bed and called Ngubane’s cellphone. An unknown man answered and hung up. I began to brood over her fickleness and more I festered over her infidelity, the angrier I became,” Ndlela said.

He then decided to kill Ayabongwa in order to hurt her.

“I wanted her to feel the same pain as me and I concluded that the only way to accomplish this was to kill her son,” said Ndlela.

Ndlela said that he started stabbing the sleeping boy, and continued even as the child woke up screaming, stabbing him until he became quiet.

The Witness reported that acting judge Piet Bezuidenhout will hear submissions before sentencing on 1 July, when a State advocate is expected to present victim impact statements, detailing the consequences of the murder on the family.


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