20 years for killer

2016-08-25 06:00
Lindelwa Mafuya and Nomonde Mbanga say now that the case involving the murder of their niece as thing of the past, they will now focus on the future. Inset: The late Amanda Duze. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Lindelwa Mafuya and Nomonde Mbanga say now that the case involving the murder of their niece as thing of the past, they will now focus on the future. Inset: The late Amanda Duze. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Mbongeni Duze, the uncle who killed his nephew and buried her in a shallow grave in a Gugulethu backyard, was sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison by Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday.

He killed his nephew, Amanda Duze, then 21, in November 2015.

Nomonde Mbanga, the aunt of the deceased, said: “No amount of sentence was going to bring her back... He was supposed to get a harsher sentence. He lied that he stabbed her twice, but more than 40 stab wounds were found on her body.

The pathologist even said he had lost count of the number of wounds(on her body). The only thing that can make sense about the incident is that he was on drugs.

We were traumatised all along, but now we will be able to shift our focus to something else in life,” Mbanga said.

Lindelwa Mafuya, another aunt, said: “I was not happy that he stabbed her so gruesomely. The wounds on her hands clearly showed us that she was defending herself as he was attacking her. We never expected that from him. Only a stranger could do that, but not her uncle,” Mafuya said.

Last year, as news of her death and the manner in which she died, communities rallied around the family of the victim.

Her death even sent the social media haywire, with commentators decrying the dastardly acts of her uncle.

“It was a gruesome find after a gruesome act,” said others on Facebook.

Mafuya said then that Amanda was due to go with her grandmother, Ester Duze, to eat lunch at a family member’s house in Delft, but she turned down the invitation.

“The reason she refused to go was that she was going to help her friend who was due to write maths on Monday.”

According to her, Ester Duze arrived back in the house at about 8pm and found the suspect in the house, with no sign of the deceased. They then launched a search for Amanda, joined by residents and other relatives. Mbongeni Duze was arrested within days of the murder.

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