Judge convicts lying and dishonest girlfriend killer
A liar and a dishonest witness. This is how a Johannesburg High Court acting judge described a Soweto man before finding him guilty of killing his girlfriend.
Acting Judge Naren Pandya rejected Mlungisi Mchunu's submission that he confessed to have killed the mother of his two children, Senzeni Sikhakhane.
Mchunu had said he confessed to the murder because the police had assaulted him.
"This version is rejected," said Pandya. "The accused would not have been able to stand if indeed he was beaten up the way he said he was. He also did not have any injuries to back up his claim."
Pandya said there was overwhelming evidence that Mchunu had shot his girlfriend and the fact that the gun used to kill Sikhakhane was found on Mchunu's property added to this.
Mchunu was convicted of murder and being in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.
This was after he discovered that Sikhakhane, from Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal, was cheating with Sugar Mbatha of Soweto.
Mbatha confirmed the affair and said Sikhakhane had told him that she was no longer in love with Mchunu.
Sikhakhane's roommate, Mabuyi Mhlongo, said Sikhakhane was busted with Mbatha in her rented shack the day before she was killed.
Yesterday, she said she was relieved that Mchunu had been convicted.
Also expressing joy at Mchunu's conviction was Sikhakhane's sister, Xolile.
"I hope my sister will rest in peace knowing that justice has taken its course. Our hope now as a family is that Mchunu is sent to jail for life," she said.