Hubby killer now sorry, ready for jail

2016-07-21 10:46

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Pietermaritzburg - A woman admitted in the high court on Wednesday that she plotted her late husband’s murder last month to claim his funeral policies.

She described how his killers twice tried to stab him to death but when he survived the attacks they returned a week later to “finish the job” and then shot him dead. Ironically within days of his funeral the woman felt so remorseful for what she had done that she handed herself over to police.

Thandazile Janet Khoza of Umzinto, 40, pleaded guilty in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg before Judge Piet Bezuidenhout on Wednesday to charges of attempted murder and murder of her late husband, Mbukeleni Khoza.

Judge Bezuidenhout accepted her plea and found her guilty, but will pass sentence only on August 26.

In a statement read to court by her Legal Aid SA attorney Xolani Sindane, Khoza said she and her husband were living together at the time of his murder.

“I decided to hire people to kill [him] since I wanted to benefit from the funeral policies from his workplace and one [to] which we were both contributing,” she said.


She said she had hired killers who stabbed her husband at a tavern, but he survived. On May 24 the killers contacted her and asked her where her husband was as they wanted to “finish him this time around”.

She said she told them her husband was at home and they came and stabbed him several times. Khoza said her husband was still alive and was admitted to hospital for four days.

Just over a week later, on June 2, the killers again called her and asked her where her husband was. “I told them he was on his way to work and thereafter to Scottburgh hospital.”

She said three hours later she received a call from Zakhele Gumbi to tell her that they had completed the job.

Khoza said she realised her husband had died when he did not come home from work that day. The next day she went to his workplace and was told about someone who was found dead.

Khoza said two days after her husband’s funeral she decided to tell the police about her involvement. “I was then arrested and charged,” she said.

Khoza said she is remorseful and is prepared to take responsibility for what she did.

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