Family ‘not surprised’ as woman held for husband’s gory murder

2016-06-06 17:41
Mlamli Tetyana, who was stabbed to death in his bedroom last week. His wife, who was in a room next door, has since been arrested with two alleged accomplices

Mlamli Tetyana, who was stabbed to death in his bedroom last week. His wife, who was in a room next door, has since been arrested with two alleged accomplices

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East London – A woman and two men have been arrested for her husband’s murder after claiming he was stabbed in their home while she was cooking in the kitchen.

Eastern Cape police initially said Zimkhitha Tetyana got the “shock of her life” when she found her husband Mlamli, 57, dead in the bedroom of their Dutywa home on Thursday night.

She and a relative had apparently left him there while they went to prepare supper in the kitchen around 21:00.

She screamed when she opened the door and found him on the floor with multiple stab wounds, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

After “deep investigation”, Manatha said they arrested the 42-year-old wife on Friday.

Two men, Lwando Rhamba, 25, and Yandisa Tonci, 22, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The trio made a brief appearance in Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

“It seems as if the family suspected the wife,” said Mzimkhulu Tetyana, Mlamli’s uncle and Mbhashe local municipality councillor.

Brutal killing

She seemed calm in the dock, he told News24 on Monday.

He said his nephew was stabbed nine times and his throat was slit.

The spot where Mlami's body was found. (Photo supplied)

“It was terrible, something that I have never seen in my life. They wanted to be sure he was dead.”

The family were pleased when police told them about the arrests.

“This murder happened in a room next to where she was. It is a three-room flat and there was a thin division where his wife was. She knows everything and heard everything.”

He said his nephew had been a teacher for more than 20 years and recently branched out into business. He had opened a café at their home that his wife could run.

Tetyana claimed the motive for the murder was linked to his nephew’s insurance policy.

Manatha said the motive would be revealed in court proceedings. The case was postponed to Friday for a formal bail application.

Mlamli had three daughters.

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