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By unknown | Aug 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A 46-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with the fatal assault of his his 60-year-old girlfriend over her pension money.

John Pienaar Mnisi appeared in the Belfast magistrate's court yesterday and is accused of killing his live-in partner Boniwe Maria Majojo earlier this month at their of Sakhelwe, Dullstroom, home.

Captain Leonard Hlathi of the Mpumalanga organised crime unit said Mnisi's case was postponed to next Monday for bail application.

Police said Mnisi apparently killed Majojo after an argument that started shortly after she returned home from the pension payout point.

"He allegedly assaulted her in front of of a neighbour who tried to intervene but was warned to stay away," Hlathi said.

She told police that when she heard screams from the couple's shack she went outside and allegedly found Mnisi assaulting Majojo.

"He was trying to drag her back into the house," Hlathi said.

He said that according to a neighbour Mnisi managed to drag her into the house, where she could still hear him ordering Majojo to remain quiet or he would beat her up.

After that she heard nothing from the shack until the following morning.

The next day Mnisi was seen walking about in the yard but there was was no sign of Majojo.

Hlathi said concerned neighbours sent a boy to go and look for Majojo in the house.

"The boy came back with the news that Majojo was dead and that Mnisi was sitting next to her body, drinking liquor," Hlathi said.

The police were alerted and arrested Mnisi.

Hlathi appealed to the public to help the police trace Majojo's next of kin who are said to be in Eastern Cape, where she came from about 20 years ago.

Hlathi said Majojo had a 19-year-old son, Alfred Vusi Ngwenya, who told police that she was from Eastern Cape though she never spoke much about her family.


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