Woman killed after fight with relative

2009-03-17 00:00

THE police are on the hunt for a 25-year-old man in connection with the murder of an Msunduzi municipal employee who was stabbed on Monday morning at her home.

Mathula Ndlovu (55) died in hospital after she was stabbed in the neck and the chest outside her house in Mpumelelo township near France.

A 25-year-old man, who is a close relative of Ndlovu, is the prime suspect in the killing. It is believed that a family dispute led to the stabbing.

According to police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan, Ndlovu was leaving home to go to work, using a municipal vehicle, when the man approached her.

“An argument ensued which resulted in the man stabbing her twice while she was still inside the vehicle. Thereafter he shoved the woman into the passenger seat and jumped into the vehicle behind the steering [wheel].”

Ndlovu’s 17-year-old son came out of the house, saw that something was happening with his mother and rushed to her aid.

“He found his injured mother on the passenger seat and the suspect trying to start the car engine.” Ndlovu’s teenage son grappled with the older man, but he was overpowered. The older man ran away and has been in hiding ever since.

Police said they are hot on his heels.

Ndlovu was rushed to Edendale Hospital where she died later.

A family member told The Witness that the family is not ready to speak about the incident. “We are still trying to come to terms with what happened and we don’t want to make statements in the media.”

Ndlovu was the supervisor in charge of public toilets and worked in the waste management department.

Richard Rajah, manager at waste management, described Ndlovu as a “lovely, warm, motherly person who the other workers could go to”.

“We have lost a good, committed worker,” he said.

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