Woman’s fam­ily ex­press out­rage as mur­der case drags on

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FAM­ILY mem­bers of a woman who died af­ter she was stabbed 20 times, al­legedly by her jilted lover, were in tears yes­ter­day af­ter the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court or­dered that the man be ad­mit­ted to a psy­chi­atric in­sti­tu­tion for men­tal ob­ser­va­tion.

Si­bongiseni Pa­trick Zondi, 42, al­legedly stabbed the mother of his two chil­dren, Nonhle Char­maine Mbonambi, at the Sum­mit Club in Hill­brow, where she worked as a wait­ress.

Mbonambi’s fam­ily, from Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal, said they were not pleased with the court’s process, claim­ing that since the mat­ter started, it al­ways gets post­poned for var­i­ous rea­sons.

“He has con­fessed to killing Nonhle and even ad­mit­ted that he has been plan­ning it for a year,” said Nonhle’s aunt Lindiwe Mbonambi.

Re­count­ing events lead­ing up to her 24-year-old niece’s demise, Mbonambi said Nonhle and Zondi’s re­la­tion­ship had al­ways been volatile un­til her niece de­cided to break up with the ac­cused.

“His friends told us that he told them that he will kill Nonhle if he can’t have her; he didn’t keep it a se­cret.”

The aunt said they were in­formed by Zondi’s friends that he bought two big knives two weeks be­fore al­legedly com­mit­ting the mur­der.

He al­legedly went to the club on De­cem­ber 27, 2016 an hour be­fore Nonhle was due to start her shift.

“He sat and waited for her, and when she came in, he stabbed her 20 times and slit her throat,” Mbonambi said,

ANC Women’s League spokesper­son Jac­qui Mo­fo­keng said they would con­tinue to sup­port the fam­ily un­til the court fi­nalised the mat­ter. “Ev­ery time a per­son has to go for a mat­ter in court, they play in­sane, this is what makes cases to be pro­longed.”

The ac­cused was re­manded in cus­tody and the mat­ter was post­poned to July 19. – ANA

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