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Man sentenced to life after killing a pregnant teacher

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, praised the Winterton SAPS investigating officer for thoroughly investigating the murder case, which led to the accused’s successful prosecution. “I am pleased with the sentence handed down against the accused, and we hope that this sentence will bring comfort to the family,” he said.

Yesterday, the Estcourt Regional Court sentenced Nkosingiphile Morris Ngubane (39) to life imprisonment for murder. Ngubane pleaded guilty in court and was handed his sentence. His sentence came after the court heard how Hlengiwe Ndaba (35) was brutally killed. On 23 July 2020, human remains were found in a burnt-out vehicle.

The body was burnt beyond recognition, and the vehicle had bullet holes. The post-mortem revealed that the recovered remains were of a woman who was eight months pregnant. DNA tests were conducted and revealed that the body was of Ndaba, who was a teacher at a school in Amangwe.

The investigating team from Winterton SAPS followed all possible leads to crack the case and apprehend all the suspects involved. The team worked tirelessly to ensure that the killers are brought to book. On 1 September 2020, they made a breakthrough when Nokubonga Fortunate Dubazane (35) was arrested at Estcourt for murder. The accused was a teacher at the same school as the deceased. A 46-year-old, Mqapheli Miya, was arrested on Thursday, 3 September 2020, at Emmaus for the same case.

On 26 September 2020, the third accused, Nkosingiphile Morris Ngubane (39), was traced and arrested at Tembisa in Gauteng, where he was hiding. The case against the other two accused was adjourned to 29 October 2020 at the Colenso Magistrate’s Court.

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