Mother of 2 held over dad’s mur­der


A CASE of un­paid child main­te­nance money is sus­pected to have driven a Samora Machel mother to kill the fa­ther of her two chil­dren.

She has since handed her­self over to po­lice.

The 26-year-old ac­cused, Amanda Mqoqi, is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Athlone Mag­is­trate’s Court today for the mur­der of 25-year-old Ash­ley Mbotya, the fa­ther of her two chil­dren, aged 2 and 6.

Po­lice spokesper­son Mih­lali Ma­jikela said: “The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent that took place in Clarence Cardale Street, Samora Machel, are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the deceased, a 25-year-old male, was stabbed and trans­ported to a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity where he later suc­cumbed to his wounds.

“A fe­male sus­pect has been ar­rested on a charge of mur­der and is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Athlone Mag­is­trate’s Court.”

Mbotya’s brother, Than­dux­olo, al­leged he had been out with friends when Mqoqi let her­self into his back­yard shack. He said his brother was stabbed in the chest. He said when he ar­rived at the scene, Mqoqi al­legedly told him that the deceased had not been pay­ing main­te­nance for their two chil­dren and she was an­gry.

“I rushed to see what was hap­pen­ing and that is when I saw my brother ly­ing in a pool of blood with the sus­pect hold­ing a knife say­ing she had ‘killed the dog who didn’t want to main­tain their chil­dren’.”He de­scribed his brother as a hum­ble soul who loved his chil­dren, say­ing that the fam­ily still couldn’t be­lieve that he was gone.

“The fam­ily is shat­tered. I know their relationsh­ip was toxic, she had stabbed him be­fore and he ended up in a coma,

but I never imag­ined that she would ac­tu­ally kill him,” he sobbed.

Com­mu­nity Po­lice Fo­rum (CPF) pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Bon­gani Maqung­wana said the com­mu­nity was hurt and still try­ing to come to terms with the loss of life.

“It’s al­ways sad when the com­mu­nity loses a young per­son, es­pe­cially at the hands of a com­pan­ion, it’s just hor­ri­ble. The CPF is al­ways fight­ing against killings be­cause no­body de­serves to die at the hands of an­other.

“We would like to send our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the deceased and hope that jus­tice will be served and a stern mes­sage sent to per­pe­tra­tors,” he said.

African News Agency (ANA)

AC­TIVISTS against gen­der-based vi­o­lence demon­strated out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, call­ing for the gov­ern­ment to put an end to the killing of women, chil­dren and mem­bers of the LGBTQ+ com­mu­nity. See page 3 | COURT­NEY AFRICA

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