Murder accused flips story

2013-05-24 00:00

A WOMAN charged with murdering a work colleague by throwing acid on to her in January allegedly told her attorney she had “only wanted to hurt but not kill” her, but she changed her version when she appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday.

When asked to confirm the explanation given to court on her behalf by her lawyer yesterday, Ntombenhle Mkhize (33), of KwaPata, said she “totally disagrees” that she had gone to town and poured acid over the victim, Smangele Precious Mlaba.

As a result of her apparent change of heart, the case ground to a halt shortly after it began.

Legal aid lawyer Jameel Vorajee told regional magistrate Riaan de Wet that what Mkhize had just told the court contradicted the instructions she gave him during consultations and he could therefore no longer represent her.

De Wet granted him leave to withdraw as Mkhize’s attorney.

Mkhize said she wanted to apply for another legal aid lawyer and the case was postponed until today so the necessary arrangements could be made.

Explaining Mkhize’s alleged version to the court earlier yesterday, Vorajee said that according to his instructions, Mkhize and Mlaba had been employed together.

On the Friday before the incident they had had “problems” at work as a result of which Mkhize was fired from her job. The following Monday Mkhize was in town shopping for groceries when she came across Mlaba.

“The accused had half-a-litre of acid which she had obtained from factories near the area where she resided. When she saw [Mlaba] she wanted to injure her. She took the acid she had in her possession and threw it onto the deceased.”

Vorajee said Mkhize had told him she merely wanted to “get back” at Mlaba for causing her to lose her job and she had not wanted to kill her.


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


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
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.