Fam­ily dis­ap­pointed about sen­tence

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE griev­ing fam­ily of Asanda Mbuyazi, who was mur­dered by her boyfriend, is not sat­is­fied with the sen­tence handed down to her killer.

Mbuyazi (20) from the Nd­labey­i­lan­dula area in KwaMbonambi, was stabbed 20 times by Siyabonga Zungu (20) fol­low­ing a pa­ter­nity ar­gu­ment over their child in May. Her de­com­posed body was found in the bush not far from her home af­ter a week’s search.

Zungu was sen­tenced to 18 years im­pris­on­ment in the Ng­welezana Re­gional Court.

A fam­ily mem­ber, Lindiwe Mashinini (44), told the ZO the sen­tence was too le­nient.

‘As a fam­ily we feel that jus­tice was not served. We ex­pected a life sen­tence. Zungu con­fessed that he raped my niece be­fore ty­ing her against a tree and stab­bing her, so in our mind the court failed us.

Mashinini said the fam­ily is still trau­ma­tised as they be­lieve that Zungu’s fam­ily was aware of the death of her niece.

‘A tra­di­tional healer tes­ti­fied in court that he was hired by Zungu’s fam­ily to cleanse Siyabonga af­ter killing Asanda.’

KZN spokesper­son for the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity, Natasha Kara, said the fam­ily needs to ap­proach the of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion to make a pre­sen­ta­tion, mo­ti­vat­ing why they feel the sen­tence must be ap­pealed. The NPA will look into the mat­ter and de­ter­mine if there are grounds for ap­peal,’ Kara said.

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