Murder accused 'loved her husband'

2013-12-05 10:18
(<a href=''>Shutterstock</a>)


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Ingrid Oellermann, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - Murder accused Thenjiwe Griffiths, 31, cried on Wednesday when asked to explain why her late husband, Allan, 60, allegedly “said terrible things” about her if they were as happily married as she claimed they were.

The court has heard that Allan Griffiths allegedly told his lawyer, Connie Marais, in June 2005 that he’d made a mistake marrying Griffiths and wanted to divorce her.

He further claimed that he’d met her when she worked as a prostitute at a Richards Bay club and had paid R1 300 per night for her; and that after their marriage she’d locked him in his house without transport, keys or money, allowed other people to stay with them against his will, spent his money, and physically abused him.

Desperate call

Allan’s sister, Carolyn Riddle of Durban, testified that her brother made a desperate call to her asking for help in June 2005. On 6 June she’d found him in poor health, alone at home without food, and no car, wallet or money and no identity document because his wife had allegedly taken them with her to Gauteng.

Riddle had taken him to see his attorney, and helped him make a statement at the magistrate’s court and write out a new will.

In November that year his family filed a missing persons report with the police as they were unable to locate him.

Griffiths has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband in a staged hijacking on 20 January 2006.


The aspiring model told Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors that although her late husband was 35 years older than her and a serious alcoholic from the day she’d met him, aged 25, she had fallen in love with him.

She began living with him in Richards Bay in January 2005, married him in April 2005 and they were happy together until he died.

She wept under cross examination by State advocate Dorian Paver, when questioned about what her late husband allegedly told his lawyer and sister about her. “I am not aware of that,” Griffiths said.

She said Allan never indicated to her that he “didn’t like” her or that he wanted to divorce her.

She said she found it hard to believe that her late husband would have paid lobola “for a prostitute”.

Family 'interfered'

Griffiths said her husband had wanted to “get away” from his family who “interfered with his affairs” and this was why they moved to Johannesburg. She alleged that Riddle had “hated” her, used a racial slur against her, and accused her of kidnapping her brother when they spoke on the phone.

She denied that she had threatened Riddle over the telephone by telling her she “knows where she lives” and what car she drives, and said it was in fact Riddle who threatened her.

“She would even say when she finds me she will do something painful to me,” she alleged.

Griffiths has testified that she and her husband were hijacked by three men near Colenso whilst driving from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg. His body was later found in long grass in the area.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


ANCYL: Not voting would be blasphemy

Not voting in the forthcoming elections would be blasphemy, the ANCYL says in a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of struggle icon Nelson Mandela's Rivonia trial speech.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry...

From R2979.00

I'm shopping for:


There may be a break through, either through quiet contemplative time to connect to your deep side or forced on you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.