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By Chester Makana | May 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TWO suspected poisoners appeared briefly in the Thohoyandou magistrate's court in connection with the death of a woman at Mbilwi village two weeks ago.

The two accused were arrested last Friday after police investigations linked them to the murder of Grace Mathivha, 41. She was allegedly injected with a deadly chemical. Police allege that the murder resulted from a love triangle involving two women.

Rendani Mathivha, 31, allegedly hired "needleman" Simon Hlungwane, 39, to kill Grace and promised to pay him off with bricks worth R100000. Both Mathivha and Hlungwane were charged with murder.

It is alleged that Hlungwane used a needle to inject Grace with a chemical.

Inspector Nkanukeni Raedane of Thohoyandou police told Sowetan that the suspects went to the deceased's home in the evening and asked to buy bricks.

"The suspects allegedly asked the woman to open the door but she refused, saying it was late. She was allegedly forced to open the door by her husband," he said.

Raedane said postmortem results conducted on Grace's body revealed that she died as a result of poisoning.

"It indicated that she was injected," he said.

The two were reminded in custody and will appear again tomorrow for a bail application.

The police suspect that the death might have been motivated by jealousy between two women as they are alleged to have been in love with the same man.

l In another horrific incident an elderly man was brutally killed in a dispute between his daughter and her boyfriend at Madombidzha village. The boyfriend allegedly committed suicide afterwards.

It is alleged that the man suspected his girlfriend of cheating on him. He allegedly chopped her with a panga before hacking her father to death when he tried to intervene

Eric Bugana, 71, died at the scene, while his daughter is in the intensive care unit of the Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital.

The boyfriend was allegedly found hanged. The police have opened a murder and attempted murder inquest docket.


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