KZN man butchered his wife after she refused to accept him back

A KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) man accused of killing his wife with a bush knife following an argument in October, has pleaded guilty to her gruesome murder.

That is according to a report from the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KZN.

Bongani Maxwell Ncube has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Nokuthula Ntsalaze.

The court heard that the couple’s marriage had been abusive, with Ntsalaze obtaining a protection order in August due to physical abuse incidents.

Court hears how KZN man killed his wife

They were also on the verge of filing for divorce. In a plea and sentence agreement, Ncube expressed remorse and took full responsibility for his wife’s death.

According to Ncube, an argument ensued on the day of the murder.

Sleeping in separate bedrooms, Ntsalaze demanded that Ncube leave their home, which he refused.

Ncube claimed that Ntsalaze became angry and pulled out a bush knife from under the bed.

In response, he took the knife from her and struck her multiple times, resulting in fatal head and neck injuries. Ntsalaze died instantly.

After the murder, Ncube locked the house and left. He later informed his family, who discovered the victim’s body.

Ncube was subsequently arrested on October 31 at a relative’s homestead in Ndwedwe, where he also led the police to the weapon.

Judge Radebe found no substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from a life imprisonment sentence.

She rejected the 105A plea and sentence agreement, which proposed a 25-year imprisonment term.


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