Teacher guilty of murdering ex-lover & son

2014-09-19 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG high court judge yesterday convicted a teacher for the murder of his former lover, who he believed had infected him with HIV/Aids, and her son.

Ndumiso Vikayiphi Khwela killed Bonakele Muntu Sibiya, a teacher from Jabulani Primary School in Bergville, and her son Mfanafuthi on March 28.

Khwela strangled them before burning their bodies at Inchanga, near Cato Ridge, where their bodies were found by two boys hunting in the area.

Handing down judgment, Judge Anton van Zyl said Khwela was not a credible witness as he had contradicted himself in his testimony.

Van Zyl said the state had proved his guilt on the murder charges beyond a reasonable doubt, but not on the additional charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances. He then convicted him of theft instead.

Khwela is a teacher from Mdepho High School in Cato Ridge.

Sibiya and her son were on their way to Durban for school holidays when they were given a lift from Bergville by Khwela on March 28.

Sibiya had told her sisters and boyfriend that they were travelling with Khwela.

He will be sentenced today.

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