Double murder of mom (52), daughter (32) ‘was jilted lover’s vengeance’

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Plessislaer police are questioning a Pietermaritzburg woman in connection with a “hit” on Caluza businesswoman Nosihle Dlamini (52) and her daughter, Ayanda Ndlovu (32), who were gunned down last week.

Yesterday Sergeant Sifiso Gwala told The Witness the 35-year-old woman was suspected of ordering the hit on mother and daughter in their home last Thursday (February 11) evening.

“She is being questioned at the moment because it is believed that she was the mastermind, but the police are still trying to track down the two gunmen involved,” he said.

Gwala said the woman previously had close ties with the family and even invested in their property business before they had a major fallout when she allegedly made threats.

“My focus now has to be on the four children because they lost the two people who were their parents.”
Murder victim’s aunt, Nozipho Nxele.

Ayanda Ndlovu is survived by her three young children. Ndlovu’s aunt, Nozipho Nxele, told The Witness the gunmen gained entry into the property on a pretext of looking for rooms to rent at Dlamini’s cottage.

She said one of them first came during the day, and returned with the second one later that evening.

“After viewing the rooms they asked about Ayanda and told my sister [Dlamini] that they went to school with her. Ayanda was in the main house napping so my sister went and knocked at her door to tell her that her former schoolmates wanted to say hello. When Ayanda opened the door, they shot my sister, then her.”

Nosihle Dlamini was assassinated next to her daughter.
A women reads a note in a parking lot.
Ayanda Ndlovu at the Liberty Mall in Pietermaritzburg.

Nxele said the men immediately fled the scene and did not take anything from the house, which indicated they had come just to assassinate them.

“We don’t know if my sister is collateral damage, but it’s clear that they’d come to kill Ayanda.

“Fortunately Ayanda’s brother was not home because he had gone to see his friends. He is still a teenager so there was nothing he could have done to protect them, but they might have shot him as well if he had been there.”

“She started working there at the beginning of this month but she didn’t live long enough to even see her first pay cheque.”
Murder victim’s aunt, Nozipho Nxele.

Nxele said she did not know of anyone who might have wanted to harm her sister, but Ndlovu had been a victim of abuse from a jilted lover who previously stabbed her, tried to run her over with a car and set all her clothes on fire.

“She’d ended the relationship but this person simply refused to let her go and continued sending her threatening messages as well. My sister had been vocal in terms of her concerns about the abuse that Ayanda experienced in that relationship and her lover knew that, so maybe that’s why she was also killed,” Nxele speculated.

She said the family are putting their faith in the police to bring the killers to justice.

“My focus now has to be on the four children because they lost the two people who were their parents.”

Dlamini ran her rental business from her home while Ndlovu had recently started a new job as a receptionist for a Pietermaritzburg medical centre.

“She started working there at the beginning of this month but she didn’t live long enough to even see her first pay cheque,” said Nxele.

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