Man kills fiancée at work, then himself

2008-06-27 00:00

An apparent lovers’ quarrel turned to tragedy when a man shot his fiancée and then turned the gun on himself on Thursday afternoon.

Siya Mhlanga walked into the African Bank in Durban’s West Street where his fiancée, Nelisiwe Ndimande, worked as an administration clerk and confronted her.

During the heated argument, 27-year-old Mhlanga pulled out a stolen firearm and shot Ndimande twice in the chest. He then shot himself in the head. He died at the scene. Ndimande died in Entabeni Hospital soon afterwards.

His devastated brother, Sikhumbuzo Mhlanga, told Weekend Witness that the family are deeply puzzled at the events because the couple were deeply in love and showed no signs of having a troubled relationship.

The couple had been together for eight years and lived in a flat in the Point area with their three-year-old daughter.

Mhlanga described his brother as a “good guy” who was devoted to his family and church work. He said he had seemed happy the last time they spoke. Even though Siya lost his marketing job a year ago, he still managed to be positive and was a good father to his daughter.

“The last time I saw him, he seemed happy and at peace. I know that he was frustrated with being unemployed, but continued going to church to be positive about his future,” he said.

Mhlanga said Ndimande was a quiet person who adored her child.

“She kept to herself, but was a good person. I didn’t suspect that anything was wrong between them as they seemed like a happy couple,” he said. “It’s very difficult for the family. We are busy making the funeral arrangements. We are trying to be strong for the child as well.”

Mhlanga said he will adopt the couple’s daughter.

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