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Woman accused of poisoning in-laws

2012-01-10 15:32

Malalane - An Mpumalanga woman accused of poisoning three of her in-laws is scheduled to apply for bail on Wednesday.

Nomsa Khoza, 29, from Mzinti Village outside Malalane near the Mozambican and Swaziland borders, was not asked to plead when she appeared in the Tonga Magistrate's Court on charges of murder and attempted murder on January 3.

"The suspect was arrested after police rescued her from angry community members who were assaulting her following the poisoning of her in-laws," said Tonga police spokesperson Sergeant Mzwandile Nyambi.

Nyambi said the incident happened on December 26.

He said Khoza's in-laws, Martha Ngcane, 54, Elizabeth Khoza, 58, and Ben Khoza, 20, fell ill after eating pudding believed to have been prepared by the suspect.

He said police believe that Ngcane, who is the suspect's mother-in-law, was given pudding at her home at about 08:30.

After she ate the pudding, her son Ben and her sister Elizabeth arrived and were served the same pudding.

"The three were rushed to hospital when they started vomiting. Unfortunately, Ngcane was declared dead on arrival," said Nyambi.

Nyambi said that back at the house, community members apprehended the suspect and assaulted her.

He said police rescued her from the angry mob and rushed her to hospital where she was treated for injuries before being sent to custody.

Comments
  • Blade - 2012-01-10 15:41

    And we now know the origin of the desert "death by chocolate".

      Lulama - 2012-01-10 16:34

      Is this for real??

      Squeegee - 2012-01-10 18:38

      No actual facts point to her guilt. Who knows where the toxins came from?

  • RatexZa - 2012-01-10 15:45

    Sheez, street justice in the township is hectic. I wonder how many people die at the hand's of the mob?

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-10 18:32

      just gotta love mob justice :) annihilate the suspect and then find out the facts ..... and then share them with Joe public IF they match your thought process. Seriously though mob justice is scary, very scary and nobody is willing to even acknowledge that there is a "calm voice of reason" pointing them in possibly the right direction

      Ghayat - 2012-01-13 12:18

      My son is a medic and says it happens on a average of twice a week in a particular area, let alone in all the other areas, and these are the ones that does not even make the news.

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 15:51

    There should be lenience if it's an in-law...

  • DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 15:57

    Here we go again. What is it with people and family members. Who needs enemies with family members like that?

      Charmaine - 2012-01-10 18:00

      Lots of people going CRAZY, Money mad or something like that

  • Washington - 2012-01-10 15:57

    Can these people prove that she deliberately poisoned her in-laws? A gesture of good will and Xmas spirit gone awry.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-10 16:29

    Im not sure if I believe she is guilty. Firstly details very vague and people have been stoned to death by angry mobs when someone has died because it is believed the person was a witch. If its true then its shocking. This could be a big coincidence and over reaction by the community.

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-01-10 17:39

    Community is always too bored, they have nothing to do, and they will always do illegal things, nx

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-10 17:58

    No one will know the truth until the investigations are complete. Until then, innocent until proven guilty. Yeah, may she can't cook and the mixture could have been bad or something.... " The proof of the Pudding is in the Eating" Lol Shame.. what a start to 2012.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-10 18:00

    No one will know the truth until the investigations are complete. Until then, innocent until proven guilty. Yeah, may she can't cook and the mixture could have been bad or something.... " The proof of the Pudding is in the Eating" Lol Shame.. what a start to 2012.

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