Eastern Cape teacher stabbed, has eyes gouged out during argument about Easter food

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An Eastern Cape man has been killed.
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  • An Eastern teacher was beaten and stabbed to death on Good Friday.
  • According to a community activist, the attack happened after the teacher refused to let his girlfriend and her sister prepare meat he had bought for the Easter weekend at their house.
  • The sisters have been arrested.

An Eastern Cape teacher was killed during an argument over Easter food preparation on Good Friday, allegedly by his girlfriend and her sister.

The incident happened in the tiny agricultural town of Kumga in the Great Kei Municipality - about 76 kilometres outside East London.

Although the teacher, Lizo Khwatshube, is from East London, the attack happened at a house he rented in Kumga, where he teaches technology and natural science at a local school.

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Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni confirmed that the sisters had been arrested and charged with murder.

He added that the sisters, aged 49 and 57, appeared in court on Tuesday for the murder.

According to community activist and neighbour, Lydo Mngeni, the attack happened when the sisters insisted that bulk pieces of meat Khwatshube had bought for the long Easter weekend should be prepared at their family home.

House

Khwatshube, however, insisted that the meat should be prepared at his house, Mngeni said.

An argument ensued during which the sisters allegedly used anything they could find, including a pair of scissors, to punch and stab Khwatshube.

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Tonjeni said Kwatshube was rushed to hospital but didn't survive, Tonjeni said.

According to Khwatshube's family, the women gouged out his eyes.

Khwatshube's distraught sister, Noluthando Dikgole, said she didn't understand what type of person would gouge out the eyes of another human being.

"I am disgruntled. I am pissed off. I am angry. I can't make sense [of this], that a person can be so demonic enough to pluck out my brother's eyes. I feel empty," Dikgole said.

Dikgole added that she was told that her brother's girlfriend fled the crime scene after angry community members descended on her and her sister.

Witness

"Members of the community and neighbours were fed up because she was abusing my brother for a long time. They had to witness the gender-based violence for a long time. When they saw what she did, they punished them but were saved by police," said Dikgole.

Dikgole added that her brother's girlfriend, who now stands accused of his murder, was a toxic person, even towards the entire Khwatshube family.

She claimed that the girlfriend blamed her and her mother for Khwatshube's lack of interest in marrying her. She claimed the girlfriend would call and shout: 'Heyi wena njakazi ndini, nindinxibisa nini?' (When are you planning to enrobe me) You think you are better because you stay in a suburb in East London." In Xhosa culture, newly wedded brides are enrobed in uniquely-designed attire to distinguish them from unmarried women.

Neither Tonjeni, nor National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani could reveal what transpired in court. Ngcakani's response will be added once received.

But Mngeni said the women were out on the street again

"This happened on the day of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. They crucified the teacher for his meat. It's a shocking incident. The crime has been committed by the same women we are told to protect. We have lost a community builder. This man was a breadwinner for them. As the community, we are shocked," Mngeni added.

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