Murder suspects die in suicide pact

2012-08-24 12:32

Pietermaritzburg - The investigation into the murder of Matthew Neethling, who was found dead in his room in Pelham 10 days ago, has had a tragic ending.

The two suspects, including Neethling’s girlfriend, were killed in an apparent suicide pact as police swooped on their hide-out near Matatiele.

They had been on the run from police after being seen leaving Neethling’s room soon after the murder.

Neethling had received a sizeable payout from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) shortly before he was shot dead in his room in Pelham, Pietermaritzburg. The 38-year-old mechanic was found dead on his bed by his landlord’s son-in-law, Robert Carelse, on the morning of August 14.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police, acting on a tip-off, traced the girlfriend, Thenjiwe Mlitwa, 34, and her cousin, Elvis Makae, 35, to where they were in hiding at Maluti, near Matatiele.


“On arrival at the house, members identified themselves as policemen and instructed that the occupants open the door.

“A short while later, they heard two gunshots being fired from inside the house and immediately forced open the door …”

Mlitwa was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head.

Makae, also with a gunshot wound to his head, was taken to Kokstad hospital where he died on Monday morning.

“It is believed that prior to their arrest, Makae shot Mlitwa before turning the gun on himself. A 9mm Norinco pistol, believed to have been stolen, was found next to him,” said Zwane.

He said Neethling, who was involved in a car accident in Pretoria some time ago, received an RAF payout days before he was murdered.

After the payout, Neethling bought himself a Chevrolet bakkie, a flat-screen television, fridge and washing machine, all with cash.

Attempts to get comments from Neethling’s family were unsuccessful.


  • greg.botha.75 - 2012-08-24 12:49

    It's tragic what money turned these people into!!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-08-24 13:06

      You think money did this?

      Msika - 2012-08-24 13:40

      I think lack of money did.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-24 13:52

      JMan ...yes, money did this.

  • arnais.port - 2012-08-24 13:00

    Frankly I don't consider it a tragic ending at all. The 2 murderers are permanently off the street and we don't have to pay to keep them locked away. I reckon that's a win/win. Pop the Champagne

      omatekane - 2012-08-24 13:06

      I will drink to that too!!!!

      lulama.jack - 2012-08-24 13:51

      pour me a glass plz...

      vassie.devanandum - 2012-08-24 14:01

      give this man (arnais.port) a double Bells! loved the comment!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-24 14:26

      With their mentality, pity they didn't shoot themselves before murdering someone.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-24 13:12

    meng jou met die semels en die varke vreet jou op.....

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-24 14:04

    Trailer trash. Kind of "Bonnie and Clyde meets Jerry Springer".

  • reginald.vanrooi.9 - 2012-08-24 14:08

    @msika.gama.5. You cannot blame money in itself why people behave in a certain manner. Money in itself is just a tool that can be used either positively or negatively. The same applies when one person stubs the other. Do you blame the knife why the person did it? It is the LOVE of money, being greedy that alters people's behaviour.

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-08-24 21:25

    case closed,police wont be investigated should the suspect shoot at them

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