Hefty term for killer, rapist
POLICE management have welcomed the hefty sentence given to a Nongoma man accused of the murder and rape of Ntombizethu Simelane, 24.
Mboniseni Dlamini, 32, was found guilty in the Nongoma Regional Court and sentenced for raping and murdering Simelane at her home in the Ekubuseni on January 1, 2017 at 4am.
Simelane was approached by Dlamini following the New Year’s Day celebrations and an argument ensued.
Police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said he then raped the victim and stabbed her to death.
“Her throat was slit and she was found lying in a pool of blood in the house,” she said.
A knife submitted in evidence as the murder weapon was also found at the scene of the murder.
“Through hard work by the local detectives, the accused was arrested and charged with murder and rape,” Gwala said.
The hefty sentence handed down to the accused has been welcomed by the acting provincial commissioner, MajGen Bheki Langa, who condemned the continued attacks on women and children.
“The accused showed no remorse when attacking the victim as she was brutally killed and raped,” Langa said.
“This will send a strong message to would-be criminals that the police will not tolerate those who abuse women and children.”
Meanwhile, in a separate case in the Newcastle Regional Court, Dumisani Petros Mkhwanazi, 42, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of Sithole Sithole.
Sithole, 32, was fatally shot on October 19, 2016 when he tried to prevent an incident of road rage when a truck and vehicle collided on Faraday Street in Newcastle.
Mkhwanazi was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.