Teachers denies murder charges despite laptop witnesses

2014-09-15 00:00

A TEACHER who is accused of murdering his lover and her nine-year-old son, pleaded not guilty at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday.

Ndumiso Vikayiphi Khwela (29) from Cato Ridge allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend because he believed that she infected him with HIV/Aids.

Jabulani Primary School teacher Bonakele Muntu Sibiya and her son Mfanafuthi Sibiya was killed on March 28. Khwela was also charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, after the theft of a laptop, bank cards and a cellphone. The state alleges that he strangled them before burning their bodies in Inchanga area near Cato Ridge. Their remains were found in a bush near Inchanga on March 29.

Khwela, a teacher from Mdepho High school in Cato Ridge, testified he has arranged to meet Sibiya in Bergville on the day of the murders, she and her son Mfanafuthi were going to Durban for a holiday.

“I told her that I would give them a lift to Inchanga taxi rank where they will be able to get a taxi to Durban.

“After she agreed, we left Bergville in my car. I left her and her son at Inchanga taxi rank. I deny that I killed either of the deceased and that I robbed them,” said Khwela.

State Advocate Frank Van Heerden told the court that they have a list of witness that will testify that he was seen with Sibiya’s laptop.

Sibiya’s sister Bongiwe testified that she was planning to fetch her sister in Bergville for the school holiday, but she refused.

“Later she told me that Ndu (Ndumiso) was fetching them. I was annoyed by that because they were no longer lovers.”

She said the last time she spoke with her sister, they were passing Pietermaritzburg at about 5 pm.

“When I called later her phone was off. On Saturday, I decided to phone Ndu but he did not answer. I was starting to get worried. On Sunday I phone Ndu again, and he denied that he was with my sister,” said Bongiwe.

Trial continues today.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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