Self-confessed stabber gets bail

2011-01-20 00:00

AN Mpophomeni firefighter was stabbed to death, allegedly by his girlfriend, on Friday evening. Circumstances surrounding the stabbing of Thembinkosi Ndlovu (27) are not clear and his family is unhappy because the alleged murderer, Zodwa Mkhize (26), was granted R1 000 bail in the Howick Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Ndlovu’s mother Cynthia said she last saw her son around 8 pm on Friday after he was phoned by his girlfriend and asked to go and meet her.

She said her son borrowed her phone to send text messages and left the house.

“I just froze when this girl phoned and told me to come and fetch Thembi as she had stabbed him. I felt weak and almost collapsed because my child left the house alive and in no time I’m told to come and fetch him. I didn’t know what to make of that instruction, but later I received the shock of my life when I discovered that my child was dead,” said the grieving mother yesterday.

The police were called and Ndlovu was found with a knife wound to the chest. Mkhize was arrested on the scene.

Cynthia said she feels let down by the justice system because during her court appearance on Monday, Mkhize was granted bail.

“I felt like something was choking me and was short of breath when I heard that a housebreaker was denied bail while the killer of my child gained freedom. Whatever processes the courts follow when dealing with cases, what they did make me feel that my boy’s life was valueless,” said Cynthia.

A source close to the case said the woman said there were problems in their relationship.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Mkhize is due back in court on February 11 to face a murder charge.

“As for the granting of bail, it’s the court’s decision based on the circumstances surrounding the cases and that’s what happens all the time,” said Jeevan.

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