Murdered over her virginity

2008-08-22 00:00

A teenage girl who dreamed of passing matric and rising above her poor childhood was bludgeoned to death with knobkerries for preferring to remain a virgin.

Three 17-year-old girls and a 24-year-old woman from Wasbank near Ladysmith were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Nobuhle Khumalo (17) a month ago. The four were charged with murder at the Wasbank Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

A group of people attacked Nobuhle with knobkerries out of jealousy on July 21, according to Samkeliso Chiliza, one of her teachers.

The blows that struck her on the head were so brutal that one of them broke the arm of Florence Buthelezi, her grandmother, when she tried to intervene.

“The other girls were angry with Nobuhle because she chose not to have children now and all the parents were holding her up as an example. This made the other girls, who are already single mothers, look bad,” Chiliza said.

Chiliza is the guidance teacher at Ethangeni Combined School in Dundee, where pupils and teachers were shocked at the death of the popular grade nine pupil.

Nobuhle went to lie down in her room after the attack, where Buthelezi later found her with a bottle of tablets next to her. She was taken to hospital later, but died the same day.

The police initially opened an inquest docket because it was believed that Nobuhle may have taken an overdose of tablets, according to Captain Shoes Magudulela.

However, the autopsy showed that Nobuhle died from head injuries.

Buthelezi enrolled Nobuhle at Ethangeni, a top school, even though it was 29 km from their home.

Chiliza described Nobuhle as an outstanding pupil and “an example for women in the entire nation”.

It was Nobuhle’s dream to obtain a good matric pass and “have a better future,” said Chiliza.

She led an exemplary Christian life: humble and friendly, and admired by all the students.

Ethangeni Combined School is known for its discipline, low drop-out figures and a matric pass rate of 90% plus.

By contrast, Wasbank is an economically depressed settlement around a railway station, where people have started occupying vacant railway houses.

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