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Mthatha man accused of killing his mother and aunt over witchcraft expected to apply for bail

Jul 21, 2017
Mthatha man accused of killing his mother and aunt over witchcraft expected to apply for bail

A 42-year-old man, Bonging Sondlo, is expected to appear again in the Ngcobo Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was arrested by detectives for allegedly fatally stabbing his own mother as well as his aunt early this month before going on the run.

The tarven owner, who accused the two of bewitching him, was arrested by detectives working the case on Tuesday, 18 July, in Cala, near Queenstown, and made a brief appearance before the court on Thursday.

He told the court he would appoint his own legal representative for his bail application, hence the postponement.

"The task team under the leadership of Capt Mziwanele Mayongo worked tirelessly tracing the suspect, until they received valuable information about the whereabouts of the suspect who was traced in Cala at her sister’s home," said police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci.

"The two elderly women, Nowezile Mbulali (aged 78) and Noluthando Sondlo (59 years), were attacked and murdered by the suspect at Sundwana Locality, Ngcobo, near Mthatha, on 02 July 2017 at about 16:00.

"It is alleged that the suspect was involved in a motor vehicle accident on his way home."

Colonel Soci said that the suspect then accused the two family members of practicing witchcraft and bewitching him.

"He stabbed the mother and walked to the aunt’s homestead where he also attacked and murdered her before fleeing the scene."

The news of Sondlo's arrest was welcomed by Eastern Cape police. 

“We commend the task team for the arrest of the suspect. The arrest is meeting the organisational objections of the SAPS and is in line with the Back to Basics policing approach too thoroughly and responsive investigation of every crime.

"This must also send a strong message to criminals that we will bring to book those who choose to attack innocent victims in their homes,” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga.