Man (21) admits killing ex-lover in fit of anger

2011-05-23 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg man pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg high court on Friday to stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and slitting her throat outside the Laduma High School where she was a pupil on October 20, 2010.

According to a post mortem report, Samukelisiwe Nxumalo sustained 18 stab wounds in addition to her throat being cut.

Her former lover, Welcome Bongani Ndlovu, said in a statement read to High Court Judge Yvonne Mbatha and assessors on Friday that Nxumalo wanted to pursue their relationship after it ended, but he had no interest in doing so.

He said on the day in question he had agreed to meet Nxumalo outside school during the tea break to return a jacket she had left at his home while they were still lovers.

When he tried to return the jacket to her, she threw it on the ground and said she only used it as an excuse to talk to him to persuade him to resume their relationship.

“Notwithstanding my irritation at what I perceived as the deceased wasting my time, I engaged in a long conversation with her wherein I confirmed that I did not want to have a relationship with her. I concluded our conversation by telling her to leave me alone, and I turned to go. The deceased [Nxumalo] screamed at me and tried to scratch me. Infuriated by [her] behaviour I drew a knife that was in my possession and used it to stab the deceased repeatedly in the vicinity of her neck.”

Ndlovu said Nxumalo fell to the ground and because he was “still irrationally and violently angry at that stage” he used the knife to slit her throat.

When he realised what he had done, he fled from the scene.

Ndlovu said he is remorseful for what he did and prepared to take responsibility for it.

State advocate Candy Kander described the crime as “brutally cold-blooded” and said it involved extreme violence. She submitted that in the circumstances a very long sentence of imprisonment is warranted.

Ndlovu’s legal aid attorney, Ishi Khan, however urged the court to take into account that the accused is young, had shown remorse and is capable of being rehabilitated.

Judge Mbatha called for a pre-sentencing report by a social worker before she determines an appropriate sentence as she said there were a number of “gaps” she would like filled in.

“This is one of those crimes of passion; it is a very violent crime and the age of the accused are some of the issues that concern us,” she said before adjourning the case until July 1.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.