Shot woman stabs robber, then dies

2011-12-02 08:49

Durban - A spaza shop owner was shot and killed during an armed robbery on Wednesday evening.

The woman didn’t die alone though - she apparently managed to stab one of the gunmen to death during the robbery.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Ntombenhle Luthuli, 32, of the eNgudwini area was at home with her teenage son when Zamokuhle Xulu, 21, whom they knew from the neighbourhood, entered with four unknown men.

When the son saw that the men were armed with guns, he fled into nearby bushes and hid.


The boy heard a gunshot and eventually returned to the house to find his mother lying dead with a gunshot wound to her chest and clutching a knife in her hand.

Xulu lay dead with a stab wound to his shoulder.

“It is believed that Ms Luthuli fought back during the attack and managed to stab Xulu. The killings were reported to the Sundumbili police and a case of murder was opened for investigation,” said Zwane.

He said it appears that the motive for the attack was robbery.

Police appeal to anyone who may know the identities of the four suspects allegedly involved in the attack, or may have information that may help with the investigations to call the Sundumbili police at 032 4547801.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-02 08:54

    Brave Lady. Condolences to her son. May she rest in peace. I hope they catch the rest of these criminals.

      mlucejko - 2011-12-02 09:34

      All I can say is "Bring back the Death penalty" and that includes drivers that drive so 'recklessly' that they kill people on our roads !!

      Gwaa - 2011-12-02 09:55

      This lady saved the lives of other people he would have killed in years to come... Well done and big up!!

      Juicecard - 2011-12-02 10:32

      @ art, i wonder who the dumb idiots are who thumb you down,oh! just an idea, maybe the 4 fled criminals

      michielbester - 2011-12-02 11:17

      @mlucejko Until someone walks over the road, illegally, and you hit him. This happens a lot, do you still want the death penalty?

      Yurak - 2011-12-02 11:23

      Gwaa, and that is exactly why we need the death penalty....

      leonie.drury - 2011-12-02 11:59

      @juicecard, i think the 4 criminals gave you a thumbs down too! o_O

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-02 14:38

      @mlucejko i witnessed the murder of a robot last night and it was a drunk driver! no lies!

  • Omnivore - 2011-12-02 08:55

    May Xulu rot in hell.

      Zelda - 2011-12-02 10:08

      I agree, if we can fight back and give them a good beating or put them to sleep permanently they will think twice before taking anyone on

  • Paul - 2011-12-02 08:58

    Pleasing. SA needs more of this

      christo.stone - 2011-12-02 09:05

      Not were the victim dies aswell...Just the filthy criminals.

  • Gavin - 2011-12-02 09:03

    The other four killed him then planted the knife for sure

      dumisile.nene - 2011-12-02 09:08

      I'd also go with that scenario Gavin

      mressop - 2011-12-02 09:11

      Only forensic analysis can verify that, but it sounds logical

      wesleywt - 2011-12-02 09:13

      Wow, do you know the lotto numbers as well?

      nokuthandwa - 2011-12-02 09:21

      Even so, he was one of them and now he's dead, we rejoice!

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-02 09:51

      We definately can't rule out Gavin's theory and since the boy saw him.

  • mressop - 2011-12-02 09:10

    "a case of murder was opened for investigation..." Uh... against whom?

      petronella.maseleme - 2011-12-02 09:15

      The other 4 who escaped perhaps???

      Mike - 2011-12-02 09:20

      A case is not opened against someone per se but as a result of a crime, charges are laid against someone in response to a case. The other 3 suspects will be charged with murder if they are apprehended.

  • Shannon - 2011-12-02 09:12

    Whatever the motive it is always sad to hear that someone has had to die defending themselves from the pond scum of society. Sincerest condoleneces to her son, family and friends. Another sensless death.... another day :((

  • Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-02 09:13

    We are subjected to this on daily basis and the son didn't even bother to call the police because he could have faced a 30 minute interrogation on the 10111 line before a police bakkie can be dispatched in another 2 hours. Brave woman indeed.

      Shannon - 2011-12-02 09:18

      You so hit the nail on the head there!

      Fumanchu - 2011-12-02 10:10

      Yes, that is a problem in SA. We have an incumbent police force... because of the ANC, that's the only reason, the ANC... your future.

      Maai - 2011-12-02 10:48

      Yes and carry on voting for the ANC and it will only get worse.

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-02 12:05

      @ Fumanchu & Maai, once you start politicizing crime then we're very far off from getting a solution. Your suggestions are that there's no crime in DA controlled areas, I presume or police are very prompt in their response,

      Omnivore - 2011-12-02 12:16

      This is not about the DA. They haven't had a chance to run the country so who knows how things would be. However, you have to be in serious denial if you think the ANC couldn't handle the situation better. I agree, crime fighting should NOT be politicized which is why appointing cadres to head up the police failed. Selebi was worse than useless and a criminal to boot. And have you heard the reports coming from police colleges? The lack of screening, lack of dicipline, the shoddy training... If government isn't to blame, who is?

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-12-02 12:49

      @ Omnivore It would be naive to think that everyone who works for government is a political deployee or all police are deployed by the ANC. We need to look beyond this fingure pointing or politicizing everything. Despite the DA making serious in roads in townships & villages, every black person is still presumed ANC. However to suggest that senior appointments must not be politicised, then you need to look at all sides of the coin and not pick the sharpest knife in the drawer. You know for sure that the DA in the WC has only picked their members in senior positions because they understand its policies and strategies and I'm ok with that it's their cadre deployment and the rules must not be looked at differently when we talk about the ANC.

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-02 09:19

    May her Soul rest in peace. It just shows that she was a very strong Woman. Deepest condolences to Her Son and Family.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-02 09:35

      You strike a woman u strike a rock! damn some people have no no shame 5 men attacking 1 woman

  • braamc - 2011-12-02 09:28

    So sad that innocent people must die or at the short end of the stick with this pathetic police force and dragging justice system. Overwhelmed that the criminal vrekked

  • Helmut - 2011-12-02 09:29

    I am not moved at all, thats bad.My feelings where taken by the anc who condones criminality.But the day will come when there going too look down the barrel from the other side.

      VOVO247 - 2011-12-02 11:04

      Give it rest for once...

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-02 09:33

    Sorry to hear this brave woman didn't survive, but her actions are to be commended and held up as an example to all. Criminals do what they do because they get away with it, if they knew there was a good chance of dying during their crimes they would be more reluctant to be involved. Time to stop relying on the SAP who are just as corrupt as the criminals and start doing it for yourself. At the end of the day the only person who cares whether you live or die is you and your family, neither the police nor the government could care less.

  • Sizakele - 2011-12-02 09:36

    what is happening in this world,our children killing us i wish they can catch them and burn them .

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-02 09:37

    Hope she stabbed the other 4 too and they are bleeding to death wherever they are

  • Richard - 2011-12-02 09:41

    People often know the tsotsis in their own area. Isn't it time that communities rise up against these criminals and say enough is enough? Hunt them down, flush them out, and don't just chase them to a neighbouring community. Hand them over to the police and make it clear that if they are found on the streets again they will suffer the justice of the people! I applaud this woman for fighting back, although it probably cost her her life.

  • annieluvsmark - 2011-12-02 09:52

    R.I.P. brave woman.

  • debbierow - 2011-12-02 10:03

    I look forward to the day ALL criminals are behind bars for good and off the streets, crime always seems to increase this time of year. Its so sad Ntombenhle had to die, condolences to her family.

  • Anso - 2011-12-02 10:12

    Very sad indeed. RIP. and Condolences to her son and family. I hope she still has family to look after her son.

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  • Cookie - 2011-12-02 10:15

    Sorry for victim.Well good she fought the criminal.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-02 10:16

    What a cowardice act, four men armed to teeth against one woman. I hate desperadoes who always kill and rape whenever they commit crime. In crime you start with petty crimes and end being a bank robber. Most of these criminals repeatedly commit criminal acts simply because they always get bail. This should also be blamed to our court system the takes long time to finalise cases even when there is enough evidence. This always gives suspect who are on bail to commit further charges. Perhaps the judiciary should speed up the finalisation of cases and consider death penalty again though I'm concerned about the capacity of SAPS investigative units. Many innocent people might be hanged. How many kids remain orphans because of this scourge perhaps the criminals kids deserve to be orphans.

      Dave - 2012-03-28 00:52

      tshivhombelaf, your quite right....For the death penalty to be effective the SAP would have to get their house in order first. At present I for one wouldn’t trust their investigative skills due to inadequate technology and incompetence in specialized positions. My condolences to the family of this brave lady.

  • frikkie.botes - 2011-12-02 10:22

    The government must be held liable for funeral costs, it is through their doing that people get murdered in SA.

      Omnivore - 2011-12-02 12:22

      Mostly through their lack of doing.

  • Chabie - 2011-12-02 10:24

    when is time it is time there is nothing we can do but poor women she did everything hope the lord our beloved father saw that,n keep her safe in the kingdom of god.....those 4 deserves a life sentance

  • twutu - 2011-12-02 10:27

    How I wish I could have an opportunity to be a president of this cruel country just for two days, on my 1st day, in my speech I would call for dearth sentence am telling you. How can a breadwinner dies like this? Mh! 2ndly, if jobs were available like in the olden days, crime w'dnt be like this. Our poor people are suffering realy in this rainbow nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-02 10:36

    why did the boy flee and hide? why could he not go look for help ? he just hid, something sounds abit fishy, could the son be also part of the syndicate to inherit his mums spaza shop and what ever insurance policies she might have taken out, foul play at hand! just a suggestion..

      Shannon - 2011-12-02 14:01

      perhaps the fact that there were armed criminals in his home AND the fact that he is ONLY A CHILD was his reason for running like hell!... use it, don't use it. Try to consider the confusion and utter terror. Personally I can't as I haven't had to face something like that... have you???

  • Chris - 2011-12-02 10:37

    Saves her from going to prison .........

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2011-12-02 10:54

    Question is, how is the boy going to cope with this? I hope and pray that he does not change to live like Xulu because of anger. They must give him proper cancelling and support else he might revenge the innocent.

      raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-02 11:35

      CANCELLING , ''W.T.F''

      Nyiks11 - 2011-12-02 11:59

      Oh come on Mr Mcreed , you too would make a similar mistake if you were to write in Shona . . you'd end up saying magaro instead of magwaro

      Nyiks11 - 2011-12-02 13:07

      BTW Mr Mcreed Magwaro = Scriptures Magaro = Buttocks So if you were a preacher in Zim your congregation would also say WTF when you tell them that " now it is time to examine the magaro /magwaro"

      Shannon - 2011-12-02 14:04

      OH FFS @reagan.mathekga, Totally unimportant highlighting someones spelling errors considering the seriousness of the article. Honestly. Atleast he has made a valid and intelligent comment.

  • Mart - 2011-12-02 11:01

    A seriously brave lady. May she rest in peace. It is encumbent on all of us to fight these evil mutants with every fibre of our being. Ma'am, I salute you and offer my condolences to your are a hero.

  • Lisa - 2011-12-02 11:12

    bastards! now this little boy must grow up without his mom - so sad!

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-02 11:31

    I am feeling sorry for this poor child. So young and now without his mother. Is a shame that "people they knew" entered the house. I really think this government can not control their own crime situation they have created. Crime ruled this country. The criminals have more rights than the victims. The criminals laugh all the way, because at the end, they just go to jail, they have free housing, food, medicine, studies, newspapers, etc etc. What have the victims? They have no rights at all. They have expenses to secure themself and pay their own bills at the end. And this "murder" crimes, started mostly with a simple steal / break-in into properties or people's lifes, a simple trespassing / invasion / intrusion. These criminals knew for a fact, nothing will happen to them. Government do not care or do they? Look at all the corruption in the country and crime situation are ongoing for years now. Look at the top safety meganisms? There are a big difference with them versus the poor in this country. And 99% voted for them into power. I just want to appeal to all supporters: Please think again at the voting station! Fight Corruption and Crime in this country. Start at home!

      theo.prinse - 2011-12-02 13:07

      Well said Tawwa Tienie ! Of the 535 Members of Parliament, 29 have been found guilty of domestic violence, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accussed of bouncing fraudulent cheques, 117 have been involved in at least two businesses that have gone bankrupt, 71 cannot obtain a credit card because of their bad credit ratings, 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges, 8 have been arrested for shoplifting, 84 have been arrested for drunken driving.

  • Rainbow - 2011-12-02 12:55

    My hearfelt sympatrhy to the boy what a traumatic thing for a kid to got through. His mom was a brave lady may she rest in peace. Noone is safe in this country. I hope these juju supporters get arrested soon they dont belong in society.

  • flysouth - 2011-12-02 12:57

    Brave woman - now what would have been the outcome if she could have had a gun for defence? Never take a knife to a gunfight.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-02 14:00

      Then the guns and fight were brought to her.

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-02 14:43

    So difficult to make a go of it in the informal sector, with all these criminals and no police of any worth to help. Glad the thief also copped it, these guys choose the easier way to make money, they rob people who try to earn it. If there is a Hell, I hope all thieves one day rot in it!

  • r.mashigo - 2011-12-02 16:47

    You're coming down with me!!!! nice one lady. r.i.p to you

  • smahomedy - 2011-12-02 22:18

    This women was productive and contributed to the economy. She has a son . What are these barbarians up to??????

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-04 13:00

    Economic freedom in action.....

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