KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has welcomed the guilty plea of murderer and rapist, Njabulo Ndlovu, who appeared in Pietermaritzburg High Court facing two charges of rape and murder of three people.
Nonhlanhla Khoza, the The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development praised Njabulo Ndlovu for pleading guilty to two counts of rape and three counts of murder when the murderer and rapist appeared in Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Zenande Ndlela, 7, her mother Simangele Ndlela, 46, and her grandmother Zanele Ndlela, 65, were all killed. Ndlovu, 29, admitted to their crimes.
Moreover, he is accused of having raped Zenande twice.
At their home in Sobantu township two weeks ago, it is alleged that Ndlovu twice raped the child and strangled the deceased.
Ndlovu claimed, in a statement read out in court by his lawyer, that he once had consensual sex with Simangele and spent the night there after drinking.
According to Nldovu, a fight broke out after Zanele entered the room holding a kitchen knife and ordering him to leave his house.
Zanele was reportedly killed after being stabbed three times and then strangled. Then he killed Simangele, then raped Zenande twice, killing her by strangulation.
The doctor’s pathology reports detailing the deceased’s cause of death were also acknowledged by Ndlovu.
Ndlovu was found guilty of all charges by Judge Poyo Dlwati.
Khoza praised the investigation team for their excellent work, which led to Ndlovu’s long incarceration.
“It is obvious that Ndlovu planned his actions. Because of the murder of defenseless women, we are in such great anguish.
“Even if the verdict will not bring them back, we are reassured that this horrible man will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
We appreciate the work done by the police in this investigation, which ensured a quick resolution,” Khoza added.
The MEC predicted that Ndlovu’s sentence will increase public confidence in the country’s criminal justice system.
“If the police can secure convictions, the people of Sobantu, especially women, will be free to move about without fear. Those accused of these heinous crimes must serve a prison sentence.
“People who commit such heinous atrocities should not be allowed to live in our society.
All serial killers, serial rapists and other offenders should learn from this conviction that their rights are not inalienable,” MEC said.
Khoza also stressed the need for the police to thoroughly investigate every case of gender-based violence (GBV) and exhaust all possible leads.
“Courts should have no mercy on those who assault, rape or kill defenseless women and children,” the statement said.
While it is encouraging that the police are arresting criminals, she continued, “equally vital for the future is getting tougher sentences.”
“We also encourage our communities to let the police do their job rather than enforcing the law themselves because of this.
We are happy that despite feeling aggrieved, the Sobantu community kept their cool until the case was concluded. ” She spoke.
On July 21, 2022, a Thursday, Ndlovu will be sentenced. The prosecution is asking for a sentence without parole.