Homeless man denies killing local nurse

2019-05-08 06:01

A STATEMENT made by a homeless man implicating him and three others in the murder of a nurse the day before her wedding has been admitted as evidence.

Sifiso Mkhize, who made the statement, and Kwanele Shoba are currently standing trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court. They are alleged to have murdered Nompumelelo Ngubane, a nurse at Edendale Hospital, in August 2017 at Camps Drift.

They have pleaded not guilty to the murder, saying when they left Ngubane she was alive with her fiancé, Jabulani Sithole, chatting, but when they returned to the car they discovered she was dead.

Sithole, the alleged architect behind the killing, was also charged with the murder. So was another homeless man, Sanele Zondi. All the men were denied bail but Sithole appealed and was released on R5 000 bail. He has since absconded and can’t be found. Zondi has turned state witness and is not standing trial.

Mkhize said in his statement that he did not kill Ngubane.

He grabbed her around the stomach, stopping her from moving around, while his friend throttled her with a belt.

He said he was sitting and talking to his two friends in Commercial Road (Chief Albert Luthuli Street) when they saw an unknown man. The man approached them and spoke to one of his friends, whom he referred to as “WA”. Although the man and his friend stood a few metres away, he overheard the man saying that he wanted WA to do a job for him. The man then left.

Later on, Mkhize was in Pietermaritz Street smoking dagga with some other friends when WA called him and he followed WA. They got into a silver grey Peugeot. The driver was the same man who had earlier asked WA to do a job for him. He said the man drove the three homeless men to Alexandra Park. He asked them again if they would do a job for him and they agreed without knowing what the job was. The man then left.

When he returned, he told them he wanted them to “sort out” a “female”, and they agreed.

Mkhize added that they then fetched the woman from a hair salon in town. He told her they were selling air conditioners that were being kept somewhere near Makro. The woman said “Let’s go and fetch it”.

“Once the car was in motion, I then noticed the same male driver showing WA by signs to throttle her,” he said.

Mkhize added that WA throttled her while he “only assisted” by grabbing her around the stomach to stop her from moving around. He said the man gave WA R2 000 and told him to share the money three ways.

Mkhize said the next day he saw a photo of the woman in the newspaper. The trial is continuing.

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