My wife turned into snake - accused

2013-07-25 21:34

Pretoria - A Mamelodi man accused of strangling his wife and two young children claims he was wrestling with a snake when he attacked his wife.

"When I explained to him that this person I was with changed into a figure like a snake and that I tried to fight with this snake... he stopped me," Evans Mpanyane, 33, told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

He was giving evidence about his discussion with the police captain who interviewed him after his arrest. This formed part of proceedings to determine the admissibility of certain statements he made to the police after his arrest.

Referring to the police captain, he said: "Also when I told him I suspected this has got to do with witchcraft he stopped me. He said witchcraft has got nothing to do with the law. I then took his advice."

Mpanyane has denied guilt on charges of murdering his wife of 14 years Connie and their daughters Priscilla, 6, and Joy, 7, near Kameeldrift, Pretoria North, on 16 December 2011.

Connie's body, clad only in her underwear, was found under a tree in the veld with what appeared to be suicide notes tucked into the back of her bra.

A police handwriting expert testified on Wednesday that Mpanyane wrote the rambling notes, in which he mostly asked God for forgiveness.

The children's bodies were found in the back of their father's car. All three had been strangled.

Mpanyane claimed on Thursday that the captain who first interviewed him warned him he would be assaulted if he did not make a statement.

"I told him I would co-operate because of was afraid of being assaulted. I told him what happened at the scene while I was with the deceased. I tried to explain to him, but he did not accept some of the things I told him.

"During this discussion he told me there will be a day that I will be taken to the place where the crime was committed. I didn't think I had a choice to deny or not to agree with his instructions," he said.

The trial continues.

  • Ennia Mikateko Chauke - 2013-07-25 21:45

    joo things people do

      Sean Bagley - 2013-07-26 00:50

      Yeah and the money the smash and grab skelms stole from the bank turned into kukkerlakke(LOL). Ssssounds so true this slithering story coming from another nuffadder.... Any other volunteers out there for the Mental Health Week Tests please come forward...

      Angela Banda - 2013-07-26 08:40

      Eeeish . He is sick more than anything else . The brain its something else people .

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-07-25 21:52

    Be a real man and stop that wanking. Leave the mamba alone!

      Kyle Brown - 2013-07-26 01:01


      Zumba - 2013-07-26 06:54

      This reminds me of an article I read in the Times of Zambia. A robber in Livingstone ran behind a house and when police got there all they found was a goat. The neighbour told police that the robber turned himself into a goat so the police detained the goat! Africa for Africans......

  • Ignorance Malema - 2013-07-25 21:55


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  • Shaun Neveling - 2013-07-25 22:00

    Our educational system needs a revamp

      NoeNoe - 2013-07-25 22:53

      What educational system?

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2013-07-25 22:04

    This might be true,but they is nothing judge can do.

      Jaco Wium - 2013-07-25 22:50

      Do you seriously believe this man's wife could have turned into a snake - that it's possible? Oh my word. Our education system seriously needs a revamp, as Shaun says above.

      Nasiefa Jackson Lazarus - 2013-07-26 11:52

      seriously you believe this could be true ???? South Africans ne!!!!!!!!

  • Sam Ntsako - 2013-07-25 22:07

    just leav dat woman alone and continue with lyf.

      cokiswa.mhlahlo - 2013-07-26 06:15

      She is dead.

      Scott Young - 2013-07-26 08:17

      thats a good reason to leave her alone, otherwise she might fall apart on him........

      Nasiefa Jackson Lazarus - 2013-07-26 12:09

      aggggg no man read properly!!!!!

  • Israel - 2013-07-25 22:10

    Now i have heard everything!!!

      Awsomekid - 2013-07-26 10:03

      They got married in the Garden of Eden.

  • somikazi.pita - 2013-07-25 22:13

    So he saw 1 big snake and 3 small ones?

      Dolly Buthelezi - 2013-07-26 12:23

      lmao. i also want to know that. he is lying

  • Jannie Visagie - 2013-07-25 22:21

    Welcome in Africa

      Joe Marshe - 2013-07-26 00:59

      "Welcome to Africa"

  • Marv Dee - 2013-07-25 22:25

    wel i can agree cus witchcraft does really exist but how dou prove such things in a court of law

      Jaco Wium - 2013-07-25 22:52

      Marv never paid attention in biology class. And possibly our next health minister.

  • Zuki Tshwete - 2013-07-25 22:28

    Daily Sun @ its best.

  • Siyasanga Qotoyi - 2013-07-25 22:51

    lol nice 1 dude you won't get off that easily so where do the kids fit in in the equation people are crazy out there they need prayers.

  • Sabelo Scott - 2013-07-25 23:41

    That's your defence?, you just gonna piss the judge off.

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-07-26 00:50

    Yeah and the money the smash and grab skelms stole from the bank turned into kukkerlakke(LOL). Ssssounds so true this slithering story coming from another nuffadder.... Any other volunteers out there for the Mental Health Week Tests please come forward...

  • TaniaSS - 2013-07-26 03:12

    Why was the snake wearing bra and panties, how could a snake write a (faked) suicide note? You killed your children, horrible creature. Perhaps you think you deserve to be in Valkenberg with Dewani?

  • Magla Siwela - 2013-07-26 04:35

    And I suppose the kids turned into lions,huh?

  • Gia Harris - 2013-07-26 06:23

    Hey it snds 2 me like hes on drugs, if hes wifey turned in2 a snke y did he kill tht poor innocent kids

      Oki Vosloo - 2013-07-26 09:03

      Could you possibly repeat your comment in English?

      David McCash - 2013-07-27 07:20

      "He yet spends Tumi like he is on drugs, if he is wife why turned into a sin key, did he kill that poor innocent kids" Am I close? Or does it mean something else?

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2013-07-26 06:30

    And people like this have the right to vote, no wonder our poor country is in the state its in, the cANCer thrive on votes like this.

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-07-26 06:31

    So why kill your children?

      Bianca Lottering - 2013-07-26 17:56

      Because they are witnesses.

  • Matshane Seleko - 2013-07-26 06:39

    Some things are just plain heartbreaking,so horrible you simply can't find enough words to express how you feel about them.

  • Longiswa - 2013-07-26 07:06

    Okay, so the woman turned into a snake and you buried her with notes? And how come are the kids dead too,did they turn into baby snakes? Come on man, stop fooling us

  • Luci Bee - 2013-07-26 07:25

    Funny thing is, it took 14 years for your wife to turn in to a snake...I mean you strangled your own children 2..You sick life time in prison is what you desever.

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-07-26 07:28

    Its amazing what muti can do LOL idiot.

  • Derek Smith - 2013-07-26 07:37

    Its a common phenomena that Evans Mpanyane related to us there...the snake transformation usually starts to happen just after the honeymoon...

  • Desmond Webster - 2013-07-26 07:47

    Who know's what happened,once a man's wife looked back in anger, and turned into salt. Hope he gets his lot !

  • Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2013-07-26 08:20

    Cut down on the LSD dude!

  • Bert De Jager - 2013-07-26 08:36

    If I ever end up in a situation with the law I'm just going to use the "they turned into a shongololo" defense.

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-26 12:34

      hahahah a songololo lol that's Xhosa for a worm.

  • Chreamz George - 2013-07-26 08:44

    Either way, the man was gonna be screwed. If he lost to that snake, he'll be dead and the b@#ch will have fought on self defence, hence innocent in our bloody court of law. He fought and killed the snake, no one believe him. He'll be locked for good. God must do something about this, if he can and sane.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-26 08:53

      What are you going on about?

      Scott Young - 2013-07-26 08:55

      WTF? were you the referee for the bout??? lol......

      Mashadi Matjila - 2013-07-26 09:37

      Are you insane? What are you talking about? How do you explain the dead children? Did they also 'turn into snakes'

      EJ Moropane - 2013-07-26 10:26

      Ur right george if it was the other way round the woman would be right and be free. But what I don't get is why were the kids choked also or he has the believe that a snake can't hatch humans, so cos the mom into the snake it was possible for the kids to do so.

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  • Nosiphiwo Matsalo - 2013-07-26 09:24

    This sounds like a headline from the daily son

  • Asanda Mbangi - 2013-07-26 09:27

    I think he was the one that turned into an anaconda!

  • Happy Moloto - 2013-07-26 09:28

    im sorry to all the snakes in the world..this guy is using your name in vein..

  • Dave Elmore - 2013-07-26 09:47

    Wives are snakes, husbands are rats........

  • Hannes Tlou - 2013-07-26 09:49

    As if he can strangle a snake, let alone touch one, suicide note at the back of the bra. As for the kids no don't waste our time and money.

  • Awsomekid - 2013-07-26 10:00

    Nyaope magic.

  • Tiisetso Isaac - 2013-07-26 10:42

    This is absolutely ridiculous! Heartless man!

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  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-26 12:30

    if its not pleading insanity then its witchcraft tjo!

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  • Stoto Ngcobo - 2013-07-26 12:58

    This must be the most romantic cases I have ever heard....kwaaaaa!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-26 14:24

    What was he smoking?.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-07-26 15:04

    I think that the police should just stick to their day jobs. If part of your duties is to take a statement, then take a statement. You can't have two hats. You're not a lawyer, don't lead evidence. Take the statement and disagree if you must in your mind. Let that man get the oppurtunity of hanging himself with a statement he signed off on and fully agreed with, don't give him a chance of getting away with murder.

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-07-26 15:10

    Put him in parliament! There's a few snakes he can strangle! LOL

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