KZN man who slit ex-girlfriend’s throat sentenced to 20 years

Dec 4, 2018 10:18 AM

Richard Mthembu slit Siphokazi Khumalo’s throat in the bathrooms of Ballito Junction in 2017.

Richard Zakhele Mthembu (32) is led from Umhlali Magistrate's Court last November.
Richard Zakhele Mthembu (32) is led from Umhlali Magistrate’s Court last November.

The 32-year-old man who brutally slit his ex-girlfriend’s throat in the toilets of Ballito Junction regional mall has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, reports North Coast Courier.

In October last year, Richard Zakhele Mthembu killed his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Siphokazi Khumalo, a waitress at Turn n Tender, after finding out she had a new boyfriend.

Siphokazi Khumalo.

Umhlali SAPS detective Goodenough Mfeka said the man was in a jealous rage and attacked Khumalo just a few hours after he had burned her clothing.

“He travelled all the way from Pinetown and on his way he bought an okapi and went straight to her residence in Groutville where he questioned her friend.”

Khumalo’s friend told him that she had a new boyfriend and he got angry as he claimed he had been paying for her rent.

“He then burnt all her clothing before her friend and Mthembu both took a taxi to Ballito Junction to confront her.”

Mfeka said Siphokazi noticed Mthembu waiting for her at the entrance and ran into the toilets to hide.

He spotted her and followed her into the toilet where he slit her throat, killing her instantly.

“He was arrested at the scene of her murder and later pleaded guilty.

“Mthembu was transferred to the Durban High Court where the sentence was handed down in October.”

He will serve his sentence at Westville prison.



We now anoint panties because of Yahoo Boys
We now anoint panties because of Yahoo Boys

With the current rate at which Yahoo Boys are now hunting for ladies’ pants, Warri girls, according to a report by Sunday Vanguard, are now taking the caution to anoint pants before putting it on.

It was gathered that undies, particularly of girls between the ages of 16 to 32, are hot cakes for use by ritualists. One pant, according to some residents, sells for as high as N250,000.

The price can be higher when the ‘boys’ confirm “ through science that the girl has not done any abortion”, Esther, another resident in the area, said. The pants are allegedly used for money ritual.

“After they finish with the pants, their owners will lose their wombs which is the real ritual”, Esther added.
Alero, who lives with her parents, said she has three adult sisters. The anointing oil and holy water, according to her, had the capacity to neutralize any evil plan of Yahoo Boys on their pants.

For Tamera, a charming lady in her late 20’s on Jakpa Road, she and her mother no longer hang their underwears on the rope outside the flat in the compound where they live.

“Because of Yahoo Boys, we no longer hang our underwears on ropes outside the flat in our compound. We live with five other tenants in our compound. There are boys in the compound too” She said
With the current rate at which Yahoo Boys are now hunting for ladies’ pants, Warri girls, according to a report by Sunday Vanguard, are now taking the caution to anoint pants before putting it on.

Since we heard the news, we have been hanging our pants in the bathroom; whether they get dry or not is no longer the issue.

We sometimes use hot iron on them to get properly dry”. When asked if they also handled their braziers in like manner, her response was spontaneous, “Yes o. No difference between pants and braziers. We hide them very well now. Ladies pants na mega bucks for Warri”.

There is also an unconfirmed incident at a shopping centre in Warri where a Yahoo Boy allegedly offered a girl fifty thousand naira to just caress her. It was a good deal , the girl thought , after all he was not going to have sex.

So they reportedly hopped into the guy’s car. After the guy finished, transfer of cash allegedly done to her account, she went to the convenience to freshen up.

“It was at the toilet she bled to death. Her friend who was with her that night was the one that raised the alarm, narrated all that happened to everyone”, a lady who did not want her name in print said.

Despite the seeming extra care on the part of many girls not to fall victim of Yahoo ritualists, some of the Yahoo Boys, Street Boys, Everywhere Stew Guys, as they are called in Warri, oftentimes boast, according to residents, “Baba God will always provide data for subscription”.

Data here means whatever they need for ritual while subscription means renewal of ritual to sustain cash flow, Vanguard reports.


Busisiwe Manesseh Ndlovu was well-known in the Emjindini community and the news came as a shock to her family.

Busisiwe Manesseh Ndlovu, reportedly arrested in Turkey. Photo: Facebook
Busisiwe Manesseh Ndlovu, reportedly arrested in Turkey. Photo: Facebook

A local woman was arrested in Istanbul, Turkey, for allegedly trafficking drugs.

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) has confirmed 43-year-old Busisiwe Manesseh Ndlovu’s arrest.

Spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya, however, told Lowvelder they could not reveal how much the drugs weighed nor the value estimation.

“We are aware of the arrest and we are rendering consular service. That is all we will say for now.”

According to Ndlovu’s relative, who did not want to be named, her family has been shocked by this news. “She was a humble person. She kept everything to herself, very secretive. She was well known in the community and her arrest has come as a shock to the whole Emjindini.”

The family member said all they knew about Ndlovu was that she was earning a living as a hawker, and she also worked in the Expanded Public Works Programme.

“She used to go to Durban to stock designer shoes and clothing that she sold here. She was also actively involved in the ANC Women’s League,” the relative said, emphasising how immensely shocked everyone was.

“We all used to believe that she was earning a living the right way. Her children and partner are battling to handle the situation.”

The relative further said they were not aware of which Turkish prison she is held in.

“Since her arrest, no one has had any direct communication with her. Officials from Dirco are communicating with the family. Everyone in the family is fearing for the worst.

“We all don’t know how she was hooked to be involved in drug trafficking.”

Letsitele man charged with wife’s murder

Letsitele man charged with wife’s murder

Dec 5, 2018 6:34 AM

The body was found in a shallow grave over the weekend.

Police. File picture
Police. File picture

Police in Letsitele outside Tzaneen have arrested a 36-year-old man and his alleged accomplice in connection with the brutal murder of his 40-year-old wife in Babanana village, in the Nwamitoa area of Limpopo.

The body was found in a shallow grave over the weekend.

The suspect had reported to the police that he had left his wife alone at their home on Friday, but when he returned she was not there.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the police started searching for the woman and found her body buried in the yard.

“Subsequently, the deceased’s husband and his friend, aged 30, were arrested,” said Ngoepe yesterday.

Ngoepe identified the dead woman as Lindiwe Nokeri. He said the two suspects would appear in the Nkowankowa Magistrate’s Court outside Tzaneen soon on charges of murder.

Mayor for the Greater Tzaneen municipality Maripe Mangena said the murder, especially during the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children, was despicable.


Boy, 6, dies after being bitten 72 times by Rottweilers

Dec 5, 2018 6:15 AM
Picture: African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Cape Town – A grieving family in Hillview, Seawinds, and their neighbours are reeling in shock after two Rottweilers mauled a 6-year-old boy to death in their full view.

Uriel Ockhuis, 6, of 32 Gladiola Street, Hillview, was playing with friends around the block in Rose Street when he was attacked by two Rottweilers.

The boy’s traumatised adult brother, Morne Ockhuis, older sister Stacey-Lee Adams, neighbour Rachel Waterloo and bystanders tried to help, but to no avail. He was bitten 72 times.

“It will take some time before I can say how I feel because I’m still in shock,” said Morne.

Distraught, Waterloo said Uriel had been lying on his stomach screaming for help when they arrived and “the dogs wouldn’t let go of him”.

Adams said: “When we got to hospital with Uriel I couldn’t bear to look at him because I was too heartsore. There are a lot of people here who have been traumatised by what they saw. He would have started going to school next year.”

SAPS Captain FC van Wyk said Muizenberg police responded to the call at about 6.45pm.

“The victim was taken to a hospital (in Retreat) by neighbours and was declared dead on arrival. An inquest docket has been registered at Muizenberg SAPS,” said Van Wyk.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer, Detective Milicent Teichardt, at 0824112455 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.

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