Man kills wife, mistress then himself

2013-02-18 11:40

Durban - Just two days after Valentine’s Day, a Westville man believed to be in financial trouble shot and killed his wife and girlfriend in front of his two teenage daughters.

Mzonjani Sithole, 52, shot his wife after an argument on Saturday afternoon, then his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself, said a family insider who did not wish to be named.

His wife has been identified as Fisani Sithole, 42, and his girlfriend as Zinhle Kunene, 35.

Not much is known about the reportedly strained relationship between his wife and girlfriend, but media reports have indicated that the couple were going through a bitter divorce.


The family has refused to speak to the media about the incident, but a shocked relative of Sithole said he still couldn’t get his head around the incident.

“The family has decided not to engage with media at all. This is something we want to keep to ourselves,” he said.

A neighbour who spoke to The Witness, and also wished to remain anonymous, said he was shocked by the incident because the neighbourhood was very quiet and peaceful. He said it was so quiet in the area that most of the neighbours barely knew each other and kept to themselves.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they were investigating two cases of murder in respect of the two killings, and an inquest docket had been opened in connection with Sithole’s death.

No arrest had been made, and the matter was still under investigation, said Naicker.

According to media reports, Sithole was once the manager of a bank branch in Port Shepstone. He took a severance package and started a business, which failed, leaving him in deep financial stress.

The reports further allege that Sithole did not want his wife Fisani to inherit his assets after his death, because they were married in community of property.

He allegedly showed his children, aged 16 and 17, the keys to the safe with all the policy documents and then called his wife to come to the house. His mistress was living in the servant’s quarters of Sithole’s home, said the reports.

After an argument with his wife, he allegedly pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot her in cold blood, then went and gunned down the mistress before shooting himself.


  • africa.favouiteson - 2013-02-18 11:46

    Another senseless killing! What kind of evil has taken over this world?

      sean.carbutt.9 - 2013-02-18 11:52

      News 24, change the headline to "Male Kills wife, then himself". A man would not do this only a coward. I don't care what the circumstances are, there is always a way out, always.

      boerewors.braaivleis - 2013-02-18 11:55

      The evil of freedom… I can’t believe that the mistress was staying at the house!!! How disrespectful!!!

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-02-18 12:07

      @sean, good one, they should try "Something male kills..."

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 12:13

      The very same old Evil darling, Something we have just grown way too accustomed too, I still like my idea of putting Villains in high cages for the Vultures and Hadeda's IN JHB to eat their eyes and skin off Forget building prisons, we build cages, we can always reuse them.. Or let me not get out of hand, I am certain we will hear from our new laxy daisy police minister, I am sure before the year she may say something, anything ??????

      boerewors.braaivleis - 2013-02-18 12:16

      @ sheperdorl.lisivha - Did you read the story or is your mouth just spewing diahrea now?

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2013-02-18 12:38

      I als find it quite shocking that both the wife and the mistress were at the same place with the male!

      mapepaki - 2013-02-18 12:41

      Those poor children, I'm so sorry you lost your family. God bless you and I hope you will get counselling over this terrible tragedy.

      tebogo.kumalo.3 - 2013-02-18 12:52

      He has no faith, to take his own life and others. You will go to hell...

      mlungisi.botha - 2013-02-18 12:53

      Great idea there Sean but I can think of a slightly better one" "coward kills...." that's what he is, a bloody f******g coward.

      themba.maseko.568 - 2013-02-18 13:08

      No!No! these senseless killings have not taken over the world as they do not happen in most households but are a warning signal for all of us. The question is how do we minimise such killings?

      Elisha - 2013-02-18 13:30

      @africa.favouiteson The kind of evil is the evil from Satan. and the world has turned it's back on God. Without God the world will just keep getting more evil!

  • jjstccean - 2013-02-18 11:48

    How cheap life has become?

      Scott - 2013-02-18 16:35


  • asif.asmal.9 - 2013-02-18 11:50

    This new wave of violence against women in this country is at an all time high. Time for government to introduce the death penaly, or it's going to get even worse

      lablue.phoenix - 2013-02-18 14:23

      True, but it will do nothing in this case. What, are they going to kill him again?

      afrikeni - 2013-02-18 14:36

      So who do you apply the death penalty in cases of murder-suicide?

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2013-02-18 11:52

    Till death do us apart

      AFC - 2013-02-18 11:54


  • Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 11:55

    Let us suppose it really is that bad, Why not just shoot your own head off? And gee, thanks DAD, what a pleasant memory you leave us with, Shocking !!!

  • teegopriscilla.maja - 2013-02-18 11:57

    aii this wat is this country coming to if its not rape its murder it nvr ends

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-18 11:57

    Two daughters left with severe trauma for the rest of their lives. How awful.

  • - 2013-02-18 12:00

    I blame the government bcos of the laws put in place, The government favours women more than Men, thats why men kills, the divorce mostly women gets a lot of things from a man , so when a man thinks of loosing his worked hard money he kills

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-18 12:09

      So the laws of the country make people kill? It's an absurd point of view. Maybe a man should think of other thing than just his money. Such as the family and community. Killing is crossing the very thin line from civilisation to barbarism and once you've crossed it you can never go back.

      CarolynDewrance - 2013-02-18 12:22

      So you are telling us that you would also kill your wife if she divorced you. or maybe you have already done it. and are to afraid to report it to the police, because you know what will happen to you in prison. You are a real jackass.

      Vortexess - 2013-02-18 12:33

      You are one of those stupid, old fashioned chauvinist pigs. A wife cooks, cleans, raises children and so on. If he cheats on her and wants a divorce, must she either (a) get thrown out of the house with nothing, OR (b) die?????? You make me sick

      lynn.hattingh - 2013-02-18 13:02

      What planet are you living on boet? There is definitely something in the air making you behave like a moron.

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-02-18 13:55 shut up you clown. - 2013-02-18 17:50

      Lmao lolest u guys make me to laugh, its funny, i never said one should kill bcos of money, i said the laws u all stupid u dont read properly, i suggest u go back to schol bwahahahahahaha - 2013-02-18 17:51

      Lmao lolest u guys make me to laugh, its funny, i never said one should kill bcos of money, i said the laws u all stupid u dont read properly, i suggest u go back to school bwahahahahahaha

  • lulu.shezi - 2013-02-18 12:02

    he shouldve lived so he can suffer the consequences..he took the cowards way out

  • mxolisi.zuma.58 - 2013-02-18 12:03

    Jay Naicker said no arrest had been made, if any one is being arrested who should be? The man has been killed himself. He committed this cruelly sins and duck from the hands of the law.

  • Balungile Bhalithafa - 2013-02-18 12:12

    HAYI BO!!!!

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-02-18 12:13

    Sincerest condolences to the two daughters.

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-18 12:13

    Rather just shoot yourself before shooting anyone else. If you gonna do it then do it by yourself!!

  • lvhukeya1 - 2013-02-18 12:19

    in my eyes dis gentleman is a hero compared to Oscar who killed a poor lady but got afraid of turning da gun on his head.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2013-02-18 13:21

      Unlike you. With that comment it shows that you are just a pleb

      mark.singh.9889 - 2013-02-18 13:48

      you must be a criminal

      craig.s.pepper - 2013-02-18 14:56


      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-18 15:13

      Then you have no concept of what a hero is

  • annalene.coetzee.9 - 2013-02-18 12:19

    Lack of respect

  • CarolynDewrance - 2013-02-18 12:20

    No arrest had been made, and the matter was still under investigation, said Naicker. So how are they going to arrest a dead man, ??

  • lilly.phogole - 2013-02-18 12:20

    another psychoMAN really no. why this stupid man killed poor ladies, He should have killed himself. this is sickening and getting out of hand while Zumaliscious is busy with Nkandla, Can someone comeup with a drastic measure already to deal with these murders agaa maan stupid man.

  • annalene.coetzee.9 - 2013-02-18 12:20

    Lack of respect!!!!

  • comurray - 2013-02-18 12:21

    Valentine's month is proving the opposite to what it should be. This guy was obviously deep in debt but why take the lives of two innocent women as well?

      afrikeni - 2013-02-18 14:49

      They contributed to the debt. No justification just giving the probable answer - for they are all dead to answer u!

  • sudika.harkhu - 2013-02-18 12:22

    why didnt he break up with the mistress, sent her back to her family, then kill himself somewhere in the bushes. Then the wife and kids would have got what was rightfully theirs.

      afrikeni - 2013-02-18 14:50

      Rightfully theirs, how did you come to such conclusion?

  • manasse.cordeiro - 2013-02-18 12:25

    All I can say is what direction will our kids take if everyday we hear about killing the loved ones? a very challenged world we living in, challenged moments and very sad one.

  • r.mashigo - 2013-02-18 12:26

    They'll arrest his corpse, family will have to bail him out.

      Skhumba - 2013-02-18 13:07

      come on dude...........

  • r.mashigo - 2013-02-18 12:27

    February is no longer the month of love. Rather the month to be Trigger Happy. Condolences to those concerned

  • odinakachi.kenny - 2013-02-18 12:29

    Its so freaking funny ?o???????? people do take their lives as if they can make any.....dumb mofos

      odinakachi.kenny - 2013-02-18 12:34

      I can't believe that African Man did this awful thing

  • raeez.omar.5 - 2013-02-18 12:35

    Thank God he left the kids alone...

      prometheus.bound.12 - 2013-02-18 13:44

      That was my first thought. This could have been a whole lot worse than it was.

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-18 12:39

    Those poor children, I'm so sorry you lost your family. God bless you and I hope you will get counselling over this terrible tragedy.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2013-02-18 12:41

    Good luck mr naicker on your investigation. When you find the suspect arrest him

      elmarie.kotze.31 - 2013-02-18 13:07

      This guy should be arrested for being stupid

  • issa.kabudula - 2013-02-18 12:44

    Our beloved country need stress management classes - n its urgent abantu siyafa (we r dying).

  • Sello - 2013-02-18 12:49

    let him rot in jail if u succeed in making the arrest

      duane.vanvuuren - 2013-02-18 13:05

      Well, he will definitely be rotting. Just not in prison that is...

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2013-02-18 12:52

    Yes, because killing another human being just "solves everything", doesn't it!? Another senseless tragedy. Condolences to the two daughters left behind.

  • biki.baraedi - 2013-02-18 12:59

    God b with mzanzi

  • elmarie.kotze.31 - 2013-02-18 13:05

    Who are they going to arrest?

      thembapat.mthini - 2013-02-18 14:14

      I am also asking myself because the killer is also dead.

  • daniel.rademan - 2013-02-18 13:05

    the ancwl claimed a woman gets killed every 8 minutes in SA by a partner - we in for plenty of news articles of this nature on news 24 then

  • Skhumba - 2013-02-18 13:06


  • Barikimungu - 2013-02-18 13:12

    When greedy and love of having out of nothing takes the centre stage, then that is the product. do not judge or blame anybody, just looks back to yourself and measure yourself and see what you are!!!!1!11

  • angelanair3 - 2013-02-18 13:15

    A mistress and a wife? Not an ounce of decency - should we not question the wifes self respect here? Or is is a case of Polygamy? Then the idiot takes down two women with him? In front of his daughters. And another two young girls left traumatised..........

      afrikeni - 2013-02-18 14:58

      Cheap shot, blaming polygamy. Those with loose screws in the head will be trigger happy be it poligamy or not

  • jacostoneysteenkamp - 2013-02-18 13:17

    Permanent solution for temporary problem

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-18 13:20

    A threesome relationship always ends in a tragedy and it's a sign of weakness from the MEAK , weak spineless men . If you don't want to be with somebody , set them free and move on .

  • skosana.ndlovu - 2013-02-18 13:21

    God help us, we don't need this DNA of violence,be it a toddler,teenager or an adult we are all violent. Please mr gvt take all guns from our houses and God forgive us our sins and cleanse our country, heal our land.

  • aluwani.mavhungu.5 - 2013-02-18 13:32

    tjo am stl shockd

  • tumi.sethole.1 - 2013-02-18 13:34

    lust,money and murder go together. lack of discipline leads to all these. just stay with your wife through good and bad , u will avoid a lot of troubles in life.

  • shereleen.januarie - 2013-02-18 13:36

    and so are woman keep on dying......the one Tragedy after the other....When is it gonna end..that woman a killed like it is an everyday crime.....

  • theboet - 2013-02-18 13:41

    Why would someone consider living elsewhere in the world?? There aint any dull moment here in SA. People are pumping each other full of lead to make up for lead-deficiency in the body. Phew, its just so much depressing fun!!

  • bheki.dladla.756 - 2013-02-18 13:47

    our beautiful country is full of DEMONS!!!! Lord have mercy upon us all

  • aneesa.jacobs.7 - 2013-02-18 13:47

    In front of his daughters???!!!! What a coward!

  • dineo.molebatsi - 2013-02-18 14:17

    This “trend“ of killing spouses is getting way outa hand

  • GoogStar - 2013-02-18 14:21

    Hayi bo!! The girlfriend was staying with dem nogal...tjoooo!!!! *clapshandsonce*

  • christina.oliviera.7 - 2013-02-18 15:05

    I don't wanna seem judgemental but something seems wrong with South African men? The rate of murders, rape and violence towards women in this country is alaming!!!


  • mandisamandy.mhlongo - 2013-02-18 18:25

    Man kills wife, mistress then himself, no arrest had been made, and the matter was still under investigation, said Naicker.CLASSIC