Tormented man admits stabbing lover to death

2010-07-16 00:00

AN Underberg man pleaded guilty in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to stabbing his lover to death after she admitted having an affair, and he told the court his feelings of guilt drove him to confess the murder to his family and give himself up to police.

He has since paid the victim’s fa­mily R1 600 in damages and paid her funeral costs.

Acting Judge Aslam Motala will pass sentence on Siphamandla Dlamini today.

In a statement read to the court by legal aid defence attorney Kelvin Singh, Dlamini admitted that he killed his girlfriend, Thuthukile Magubane, at Dunn-Raven farm in Underberg on February 4 this year.

He said their relationship began in November 2009, and that they saw a lot of each other as they worked on neighbouring farms.

“Our relationship was a serious one, such that I was saving money to pay for her hand in marriage. I would also give the deceased money at regular intervals,” said Dlamini.

He said that in January she became “secretive” about her whereabouts and would raise her voice to him without provocation.

On February 4, he visited her and questioned her about her fidelity. She told him she was having an affair. “I was shocked at hearing such news. An argument ensued …”

He said Magubane slapped him once on his face unexpectedly.

“The deceased and I grappled with each other. In my fit of rage, I grabbed a knife … and stabbed the deceased once in her back and in her neck.

“She immediately fell to the floor. I got frightened at what I had done and ran away.”

Dlamini said he tried to forget about Magubane, but it became increasingly difficult.

“I used to think of the deceased and of what I had done to her on a daily basis. My emotions became unbearable. I informed my family members of what I had done. The police were called and I was arrested at home.”

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