E Cape man jailed 46yrs for killing wives

2011-12-13 18:43

Johannesburg - An East London man was sentenced by the Mdantsane Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape to 46 years in jail for the murder of his two wives, it was reported on Tuesday.

Fifty-six-year-old Sipho Phobana was convicted on Monday of beating and stabbing Ntombizanele Njobe and Nonzima Mani to death on February 14, the SABC reported.

During his testimony Phobana said he was angry with his wives after R6 000 that he had saved for his mother's funeral went missing.

He argued with his wives and then chased them outside before assaulting them with a panga and a stick.

The incident reportedly occurred in front of his 9-year-old son.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-13 18:53

    This is what happens when you have more than one. They will gang up against you! I hope the President doesn't have a fight with his wives. We might have a big party for the Merry Widows then!

  • braamc - 2011-12-13 19:14

    He argued with his wives and then chased them outside before assaulting them with a panga and a stick. Terrible to be a savage

  • christo.stone - 2011-12-13 19:28

    In China you get put to death for smuggling drugs and in SA you get a mere 46 years for killing 2 people... Our justice system sucks!

  • Susanna - 2011-12-13 19:30

    What is going to happen to the 9-year old? No grandmother, no mothers, no father. A lose-lose situation apart from the lesson that violence is not the answer.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-13 19:35

    What kind of sick mind must you hae to do such a thing?

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-13 20:09

      Art it is not a case of a sick mind. In our culture (and I'm not condoning it) a funeral is a big deal, specially if it involves a parent. If any other black person would read this, they will justify their death. However. As Susanna says, what about the 9 year old? This is just one of the many cultural issues we have to rid ourselves of before we can start making a better future for ourselves. But I can relate to his anger because a funeral is the be all and end all to my people sadly.

  • husstla - 2011-12-13 20:01

    in SA one serves 46yrs jail time for taking two lives over 6grand missing...? in China for smuggling drugs one gets to die... hhmmm the LAW.

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