A South African man, Prince Khumalo, 39, who allegedly stabbed his wife to death have been granted bail by a court in the country, because he had no previous domestic violence charges laid against him.
Police said the deceased, Lindiwe Sibiya, 31, was found dead in her home, while the husband claimed she killed herself after a heated argument.
A family friend said that trouble started after Khumalo and Sibiya travelled to Durban over the Freedom Day weekend to celebrate their seven-year relationship. They got into a fight.
The couple returned from their trip and, a day later, Sibiya was found stabbed at least 17 times at their Lephalale home in Limpopo.
Sibiya’s friend, Thuli Mkhwanazi, said the couple was supposed to drop off their two children, aged three and seven, with Sibiya’s uncle in Rietz in the Free State. She was adamant that Khumalo murdered her friend and said it was impossible Sibiya could’ve stabbed herself 17 times.
“When they were turning back after their fight, she called her uncle, crying, at about 9 p.m, saying she no longer wanted to be married to Khumalo. The call was cut off, and when her uncle tried to call back, her phone was off.
“He then received a call late on Saturday afternoon that she was found dead, after being stabbed 17 times, and the man (Khumalo) claimed she committed suicide,” Mkhwanazi said.
She said the couple’s relationship “was never a honeymoon”. “He was abusive. He cheated on her and would disappear for the weekend.”
She said Sibiya had just moved from Heidelberg in Gauteng to join him in Lephalale, where they both worked for Eskom.
She disputed that her friend would commit suicide. “She was full of life and loved her children.”
Sibiya’s uncle, Raymond Shabalala, confirmed that he received a phone call from her to say her marriage was over. A few hours later, he received a call from the police to say the young woman, who he had raised as his own daughter, had been found dead in a pool of blood.
“When I walked into the house it looked like a cow had been slaughtered. There was blood everywhere.
“When I saw him at the police station I asked him why he killed my daughter. But he just looked at me.”
Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena confirmed that a case of murder was being investigated against Khumalo.
He said Khumalo claimed that after the couple had a fight, he locked Sibiya in the house and drove to Joburg, where he dropped off their children with relatives.
When he returned, Khumalo claimed, he found his wife stabbed to death. Mokoena said there was no sign of a break-in at the house.
After appearing in court, Khumalo was released on R5000 (N144,938) bail, Mokoena said, adding that no previous cases of domestic violence had been opened against him.