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By Kathryn Kimberley, PE Herald | 2012-11-19 07:37:06.0 | COMMENTS [ 88 ]

So he killed her

AN ELDERLY Port Elizabeth man has told the court how he stabbed his wife six times in the chest for refusing to make him a bowl of porridge.

She died in a pool of her own blood on the couple’s bed, which they shared for 36 years.

“I asked her to make me breakfast... She refused, so I stabbed her with a knife,” Ndumiso David Geza , 61, told the Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Friday.

But not a day goes by that he doesn’t miss her, he said.

The bizarre confession left court officials stumped, and counsel agreed that sentencing would not be an easy task.

The state and defence agreed that it was “a very unusual case”.

Geza, a Municipality employee, said he was getting ready for work at about 5am on February 8 this year, when he asked his wife, Nondodozela, 60, to make him some breakfast.

He said he suffered from Diabetes and needed to eat before administering his Insulin injection.

However, he said she refused and instead swore at him.

“I was so angry I stabbed her.”

Realising what he had done, Geza immediately telephoned the police.

He was charged and later released on R500 bail.

He said he regretted his actions and still missed and loved his wife.

The two had been romantically involved since the age of 18.

While he was adamant he never abused her prior to her death, he said she had been emotionally abusive throughout their relationship. He said this could be the reason why he snapped.

The court convicted him accordingly.

In mitigation of sentence, defence attorney Kuban Chetty said his client was extremely remorseful.

Geza told probation officers that he wanted to kill himself that day.

Chetty said Geza, who had no previous convictions, had lived an exemplary life up to that point.

“He has been described as humble, non-violent and with good character,” Chetty said.

“This is not your typical murder case where it was premeditated. There is no history of violence.”

He said Geza was gainfully employed and was set to retire soon.

His wife stayed home and Geza had financially supported her.

The couple were unable to have children of their own but raised their nieces and nephews.

“Even the sister of the deceased, who is shocked by the murder, does not want to see him go to prison,” Chetty said.

“She described him as a loving person who had loved her sister very much.”

Chetty said it was unlikely Geza would commit another offence.

“The [state] psychologist said the accused was constantly tormented by his wife for most of their marriage.

“He was driven to breaking point.”

Last year Geza sought the assistance of a social worker after the alleged verbal abuse spiralled.

Chetty said while murder was a very serious offence, in light of his conviction Geza would lose the job he held for most of his adult life, and lose his family home.

“He still sits with a conviction and no wife.

“But he does have a chance to be integrated back into society with the help of psychotherapy.”

He asked the court to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.

State prosecutor Hennie van Heerden agreed that it was unusual for a relatively old person to kill his wife after 40 years together.

However, he said if things were so bad at home, the accused should have asked for a divorce.

“Marriage is not always easy, but divorce happens every day. This would have been better than murder,” he said.

“She didn’t want to make him porridge, that is not a reason to kill.”


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This Magogo asked for it.. Sometimes women are too selfish, why wouldn't she cook for the Madala mara, Phela she was married to cook for him, I would also snap if my wife of 36 years suddenly refuses to cook for me without any reason, the worst thing here is that the Madala is diabetic....... Maybe the Old Man thought the magogo wanted him dead so that she gets insuarance monies etc..

2012-11-19 11:00:52.0 | 0 replies

@ Impela

Weet-bix with water.. Your favourate.. I know you'd also kill anyone who didn't give you this..

2012-11-19 11:38:25.0 | 0 replies


You get an education every time you stop at a robot - those adverts are very disturbing

2012-11-19 11:40:33.0 | 0 replies

please change ur name

2012-11-19 11:41:42.0 | 0 replies


You get an education every time you stop at a robot - those adverts are very disturbing
So you know about mpesu? Eish! Those adverts, especially the ones that says "Painless abortion". Shocking!!

2012-11-19 11:44:34.0 | 0 replies

A woman asks her husband at breakfast time, "Would you like some bacon and eggs, a slice of toast, and maybe some grapefruit juice and coffee?"

He declines. "Thanks for asking, but I'm not hungry right now. It's this Viagra," he says. "It's really taken the edge off my appetite."

At lunchtime, she asked him if he would like something. "How about a bowl of soup, homemade muffins or a cheese sandwich?"

He declines. "The Viagra," he says, "It’s really spoiled my need for food."

Come dinnertime, she asks if he wants anything to eat. "Would you like a juicy rib eye steak and some scrumptious apple pie? Or maybe a rotisserie chicken or tasty stir fry?"

He declines again. "No," he says, "it's got to be the Viagra. I'm still not hungry."

"Well," she says, "Would you mind getting off me? I'm bloody starving."

2012-11-19 11:45:22.0 | 0 replies

What a sad love story,eishhh

2012-11-19 11:46:42.0 | 0 replies

tjo tlala ka e tshaba , may the wife soul rest in peace , mara le ena a sa bereke why could she not make him a simple porridge mara , guys holding anger inside its not save rather talk

2012-11-19 11:52:45.0 | 0 replies

@ Impela

Weet-bix with water.. Your favourate.. I know you'd also kill anyone who didn't give you this..
Very funny

2012-11-19 11:53:22.0 | 0 replies

MommaC - LOL. Ja it is African viagra from Venda. Those who know say it is working. Once Aspen and other drug companies get their hands on it they will convince the government to put laws on it.

2012-11-19 11:54:14.0 | 0 replies

He didn't get a slice of punyaka the previous night, so he lashed out his frustrations through breakfast..

I think he's a cereal killer..
Which 'cereal'?
Ahhhhhh, porridge man.

2012-11-19 11:36:44.0 | 0 replies