Man gets life for killing lover’s husband

2008-10-27 00:00

A man who planned and executed the murder of his lover’s husband, claiming to act out of sympathy for her abuse at his hands and for monetary gain, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Pietermaritzburg High Court Acting Judge Nompumelelo Radebe yesterday.

Mbekeni Alex Dlamini (32) of Sweetwaters pleaded guilty to the murder of Sipho Ngwenya in 2004. He said in a statement that he had met the victim’s wife, Thoko Margaret Ngwenya, some time before the murder and they became lovers.

She had told him she was in the process of getting divorced. “She also indicated to me that they had not been sharing the same bedroom for some time since the deceased tried to attack her with an axe.”

Dlamini said Ngwenya asked if he knew of anyone who would kill her husband, who was contributing to “numerous insurance policies” and towards a pension fund of which she would be the beneficiary if he was killed. She had told him she would pay R7 000 to have her husband killed and that “more money would follow”.

Dlamini said he enlisted the aid of Siyabonga Jerome Shezi.

He said he and Shezi armed themselves with a 9 mm pistol and shotgun respectively and lay in wait outside Sipho Ngwenya’s home in the early hours of June 28, 2004. A bus arrived to fetch Sipho Ngwenya and as he was locking the gate, Dlamini fired three shots at him.

“The deceased was injured, but managed to climb on to the bus. The bus sped off,” he said. Sipho Ngwenya died en route to hospital.

Radebe found that there were no compelling or substantial circumstances that would justify a sentence less than life imprisonment.

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