Double life for E Cape murderer

2012-04-05 13:01

Johannesburg - A man convicted of killing an elderly woman and her granddaughter in Tholeni Village, Butterworth, has been sentenced to two life terms by the High Court in Mthatha, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Mqwalaseli Mabhayi, 33, received two life sentences and another 10 years for housebreaking, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

Ntombomzi Gubevu, 70, and her granddaughter Nonelwa Gubevu, 12, were found hacked to death in their home on 22 February 2009.

Mabhayi was arrested a month later. "During the investigation, it came out that he murdered the two as they were possible witnesses to a case of rape [of which he and another man were suspected]," Manatha said.

Subsequently, the other man was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 22 years in jail. Mabhayi was cleared of the rape.

A spate of murders of women and children in the village between 2008 and 2010 led Tholeni to be dubbed "the village of death" by locals, Manatha said.

He said that while Mabhayi's conviction would come as a relief to the community, eight of the 13 murders remained unsolved.

  • Marion - 2012-04-05 13:25

    Well done High Court! If he was innocent of the rape why would he find it necessary to kill possible witnesses?

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-05 14:20

      well done ec high court for that stupid man

  • Ally - 2012-04-05 13:36

    Off with his head!! He showed no mercy for his victims, so why should society tolerate (and pay for) his continued existence? He had a reputation of violence in the village so this was certainly not a first-time offender.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-05 13:52

    Why must taxpayers pay to keep sludge like this alive in prison? He should be exterminated like a cockroach.

  • Rob - 2012-04-05 14:32

    Kill, rape, plunder, pillage, steal and protest. On and on it goes and still no death penalty. The thought of spending years incarcerated does not appear to be a deterant either. Public hangings @ half time @ football matches is the answer. That will get the crowds in. Win, win situation.

  • Lunga Inga Yekani - 2012-04-05 14:57

    Thank you E.C Court I believe gang they see what happened I think is no one will do it again that is a lesson to others.

  • Frank - 2012-04-05 15:12

    it`s beyond me.the ability to hack a fellow human being to death is something i can`t even imagine.i couldn`t even do that to an he gets to chill in prison and watch tv every day....

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