Daughter settles for mother’s murder


Valencia Nonhlanhla Mthunywa (33) was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the High Court in Mpumalanga in connection with the murder of her mother, Wanter Bajabulile Dlamini (62).

“The court sentenced her to a further five years in prison on charges of attempted murder and three years for obstruction of justice. The sentences will be served concurrently and Mthunywa will therefore effectively serve 20 years in prison,” says Monica Nyuswa, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority.

Mthunywa entered into a plea agreement with the state.

She was charged with the murder along with her sister Bathabile Penelope Mthunywa (39), Nombuso Philadelphia Ndwandwa (41) and Steen Silo Mashakeng (35).

The charges stem from an incident on 5 January 2020 in Barberton in Mpumalanga.

“The deceased was hanging out with some of the accused when her beer was poisoned. Valencia invited the deceased to her boyfriend’s house the next day and they conspired to kill her for a life policy of R80 000. Ndwandwa took out this life policy in November 2019 in the name of the deceased.

“The deceased was assaulted, raped and strangled until she died. Her body was found at a local landfill near the battlegrounds.”

A few days later, Old Mutual received a claim from the deceased’s daughters.

“The police’s investigation led to the arrest of the accused. Because one of the accused pleaded guilty, the cases were separated.”

The case against Bathabile, Ndwandwa and Mashakeng was adjourned until 18 November.

“The NPA welcomes the sentence against Valencia Nonhlanhla Mthunywa and remains committed to the prosecution of cases where family members are killed for life policies.”