‘I was no love rival’, says killer accused

2011-03-21 00:00

A WOMAN denied in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday that she was the person who was behind the murder of her alleged “love rival”after failing to persuade her lover to return to her.

Zandile Mthembu (23) told Judge Themba Sishi that she was not in love with her former partner, Siphiwe Dube, and laid the blame for the murder of his new girlfriend, Banothile Dlamini, on her late mother, Mathombi Mthembu (46) who died in 2009.

She told the court that while the victim was lying on the ground being tied and gagged with tree bark before she was thrown into Henley Dam and deliberately drowned by two killers on June 8,2008, her mother stood by and told the victim; “Today is the day you will die.”

Zandile Mthembu testified that her mother had “forced” her to live with Dube after he raped her and got her pregnant during 1999.

She told the court she had never loved him and did not want to stay with him.

He had “vanished” for a time between 2002 and 2005, but on his return again took up residence with her at her mother’s behest.

Mthembu said although she’d told him to leave he would not. “He indicated he was scared of my mother and there was no way he was going to leave,” she said.

She described her late mother as a “fierce person” to whom no one would say no.

Zandile Mthembu said on June 6, 2008, Banothile Dlamini called her, asking to meet her, and told her she was having an affair with Simphiwe Dube.

She said her mother knew of the affair. Under cross-examination Mthembu denied that she had “moved heaven and earth” to win back Dube’s love or that when she found out about his affair with Dlamini she’d enlisted the aid of her mother and friend to win him back by means of muthi.

She further denied that when that failed, she had decided to “eliminate” Dlamini whom she saw as the cause of her troubles.

“I felt no love for him (Dube),” Mthembu replied.

The case is proceeding.

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