Man held for murder of stepmom and aunt

A man who allegedly killed his stepmother and aunt in Ngcobo almost two weeks ago, after he had accused them of witchcraft, was arrested in Cala on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old is expected to appear in the Ngcobo Magistrate’s Court today for murdering his stepmother Nowezile Mbulali, 78, and his aunt Noluthando Sondlo, 59, at Moltina and Bulawayo villages in Ngcobo earlier this month.

He allegedly stabbed the two women to death after accusing them of bewitching him after he was involved in a car accident the previous day.

Mthatha police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said detectives had worked hard on the case to ensure the killer of the two women was brought to justice, which resulted in the arrest of the suspect on Tuesday evening in Cala at his sister’s home.

He was arrested after the police set up a task team to investigate the murder cases.

Sondlo was killed in front of her grandchildren, aged seven and nine.

“It is alleged that the suspect was involved in a motor vehicle accident on his way home,” Fatyela said.

“He then accused the two family members of practising witchcraft and bewitching him.

“He stabbed the stepmother and walked to the aunt’s homestead, where he also attacked and murdered her before fleeing the scene.”

Eastern Cape provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga said: “We commend the task team for the arrest of the suspect.

“The arrest is meeting the organisational objectives of the SAPS and is in line with the back-to-basics policing approach for a thorough and responsive investigation of every crime.

“This must also send a strong message to criminals that we will bring to book those who choose to attack innocent victims in their homes.” — lulamilef@dispatch.co.za

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