A 37-year-old man who killed his partner of 20 years because he suspected she was having an affair, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.
Mandla Nyide, of Donnybrook, told the Pietermaritzburg high court that he hit Xolisile Mbelu with a sjambok until she fell to the ground and he then kicked her into unconsciousness.
A post-mortem examination on her body established the cause of death as “blunt force head and soft tissue injuries”.
Nyide was sentenced in terms of a plea agreement that was endorsed by Judge Rashid Vahed.
Nyide told that court that his relationship with Mbelu —the mother of his three children — became acrimonious when he suspected she was having an affair with a friend whom he considered as a “brother”.
On the day of the murder, August 7 last year, he said that he received information that Mbelu was visiting his friend at his home.
Knowing that she was having an affair infuriated him and knowing it was with a friend made him angrier, he said.
After having some drinks with his brother, Nyide told him to take him to the man’s house to establish if the rumours were indeed true.
When they arrived the man ran away. Nyide said he found a used condom in the room, which infuriated him. He said that he then started to hit Mbelu with a sjambok and she then fell to the ground.
He then kicked her on her head with his booted feet.
When she became motionless, he said, he stopped. He and his brother then loaded the unconscious woman into their vehicle to take her to hospital.