Man kills wife, mistress then himself

2013-02-18 11:40

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Durban - Just two days after Valentine’s Day, a Westville man believed to be in financial trouble shot and killed his wife and girlfriend in front of his two teenage daughters.

Mzonjani Sithole, 52, shot his wife after an argument on Saturday afternoon, then his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself, said a family insider who did not wish to be named.

His wife has been identified as Fisani Sithole, 42, and his girlfriend as Zinhle Kunene, 35.

Not much is known about the reportedly strained relationship between his wife and girlfriend, but media reports have indicated that the couple were going through a bitter divorce.

Shock

The family has refused to speak to the media about the incident, but a shocked relative of Sithole said he still couldn’t get his head around the incident.

“The family has decided not to engage with media at all. This is something we want to keep to ourselves,” he said.

A neighbour who spoke to The Witness, and also wished to remain anonymous, said he was shocked by the incident because the neighbourhood was very quiet and peaceful. He said it was so quiet in the area that most of the neighbours barely knew each other and kept to themselves.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they were investigating two cases of murder in respect of the two killings, and an inquest docket had been opened in connection with Sithole’s death.

No arrest had been made, and the matter was still under investigation, said Naicker.

According to media reports, Sithole was once the manager of a bank branch in Port Shepstone. He took a severance package and started a business, which failed, leaving him in deep financial stress.

The reports further allege that Sithole did not want his wife Fisani to inherit his assets after his death, because they were married in community of property.

He allegedly showed his children, aged 16 and 17, the keys to the safe with all the policy documents and then called his wife to come to the house. His mistress was living in the servant’s quarters of Sithole’s home, said the reports.

After an argument with his wife, he allegedly pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot her in cold blood, then went and gunned down the mistress before shooting himself.

 
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