Man gets 33 years after murdering lover

2010-05-13 15:25

A KwaZulu-Natal man was sentenced today in the Pietermaritzburg

High Court to 33 years in jail for killing his girlfriend and attempting to

murder her 18-year-old daughter.

Penuel Nhlapo, 41, killed Mamile Madide in Newcastle in March after

finding out she was cheating on him.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, saying he had been preparing to

pay lobola to marry Madide when she admitted to having an affair with another


Madide, who had children with him, had also taunted him, saying he

was not giving her sexual satisfaction, Nhlapo told the court during his plea


Judge Mohini Murugasen sentenced him to an effective 25 years

imprisonment, saying violence against women was extremely prevalent, despite

heavy sentences and other attempts to reduce the scourge.

She sentenced Nhlapo to an additional eight years for the attack on

Madide’s daughter.

The woman was stabbed twice while trying to help her


Nhlapo, who had two previous murder convictions at the time, should

have left when facing rejection instead of attacking the two, Murugasen


The two sentences would run concurrently.

In another case Murugasen sentenced a man to 10 years for murdering

his partner and mother of his two small children.

Mandla Zondi, 35, killed Tokozile Ngema during a squabble in

January this year, buried her and only confessed to the murder when arrested for

another offence three months later.

He told the court Ngema drank heavily, depleting his meagre

disability grant and earnings he made from working as a cobbler.

During an argument in January, he clubbed her once with a stick,

making a hole in her chest and killing her, the court heard.

Arguing in mitigation of sentence, his lawyer Kelvin Singh said the

murder would never have been revealed had Zondi not confessed.

But state prosecutor Prettygirl Ngcobo said Zondi had pretended not

to know about Ngema’s whereabouts for three months in the hope he would “get

away with it”.

She said Zondi deserved a 15-year jail term, a prescribed sentence

for a first-time offender of an unpremeditated murder.

Murugasen imposed an effective sentence of 10 years, saying there

could be a possibility of reform. – Sapa

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