Cousins killed in ‘love triangle’

2010-04-02 00:00

A HOWICK family whose two loved ones were recently murdered during a row related to a love triangle appealed this week to angry residents not to take revenge on the suspected killers.

The family made the plea after a crowd went to protest at the Howick Magistrate’s Court and threatened to kill a suspect when he is released on bail.

Nkululeko Zuma (24) and his 21-year-old cousin, Mpilwenhle Sokhela, who are both from ­Mevana in Howick, were stabbed to death when they visited ­Zuma’s girlfriend in nearby Mathandubisi informal settlement on Saturday.

Their bodies were found near a road at the settlement at about 11 pm. They were buried on Wednesday.

Said Sokhela’s aunt, Ntokozo Sokhela (32): “We have been asking community members to calm down and not take the law into their own hands. We don’t want any more trouble than what we are already going through.”

It is alleged that at the girlfriend’s house Zuma and his cousin had a confrontation with a man who apparently also had a relationship with her. The man killed them with a spear.

A police spokesman said three suspects — Derrick Terry (47), Frank Thusi (49) and Myalelo Nophikela (22) — appeared in court after they were arrested on Saturday and Tuesday. The spokesman said all three suspects have been remanded in custody until April 7.

Ntokozo said that as far as the family knows, only one suspect was arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.

“We were at court on Tuesday when two men were released after they both identified a third man as the one who committed the murder,” Ntokozo said.

Ntokozo said the community members were baying for the blood of the suspect at the court.

“During the funeral we emphasised peace,” Ntokozo said.

It is alleged that at about 6.30 pm on Saturday, Zuma asked Sokhela to accompany him to his girlfriend’s house.

“We were told that at the house a man welcomed them in. He introduced himself to them as the girl’s uncle. He asked them to wait for her as he had sent her somewhere. But as they settled down, he produced a spear and stabbed both of them,” she said.

Ntokozo Sokhela said she received a message from a family friend at about 11 pm that the bodies had been found on the side of the road.

“At first we did not believe that they had been killed. But when we went to the scene we were shocked to see their bodies. Even today it is still hard to believe that they are gone,” said Ntokozo.

Disputing that there was only one killer, a witness said that as Zuma and Sokhela were waiting for the woman, the man went out to call other men to help him kill them.

He believes that four men took part in the murder.


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