An Umlazi man was yesterday sentenced to 28 years in prison for killing his wife.
Jerome Dumisani Khanyile, 37, was found guilty in the Durban high court of murdering Duduzile Kunene at Durban's Musgrave Centre in June 2003.
He stabbed her 28 times before slitting her throat.
On hearing his sentence, Khanyile roared, raised his hands and then mumbled, saying he was speaking to his ancestors. This so annoyed acting judge Sathie Govender that she told police to take him to the holding cells.
Earlier the court heard Khanyile had repeatedly assaulted his wife.
Social worker Pam Mthembu testified that she had helped Kunene apply for an interim protection order.
Sibusiso Mkhize, a security guard, testified that he and a colleague, Joel Mpanza, had heard the screams.
"As we were about to leave the shopping centre, we heard screams. Mpanza ran to inspect what was happening because he was on duty."
He said when they came to the scene, they saw a man stabbing a woman.
"When Mpanza tried to stop him, he charged Mpanza with a knife and then went back and stabbed the woman again before slitting her throat. He then told us to call the police."
Khanyile denied the charges, saying he did not remember the incident. He said he was about to complete his training as a faith healer and a sangoma.
"All I remember is that I burnt impepho in the morning to communicate with my ancestors. I was in a state of trauma because my wife had left me. After that I don't know what happened."
He told the court that his wife left him in May after he caught her talking to a man.
Govender said he was a heartless murderer.
"You committed a crime of passion because you were jealous. People like you have to be removed from the public," said Govender.