Two-timing woman strangled

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

A two-timing bride-to-be was strangled to death allegedly by her other lover at a graveyard over the weekend.

Police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubele said they recovered Shirley Shiba's body at the Jabulani Cemetery, Soweto, on Friday afternoon.

"Her body had no wounds. It looked like she had been strangled with a cord because she had terrible marks around her neck," Makhubele said.

Makhubele said they arrested a 43-year-old man on Saturday after he allegedly confessed to a priest that he had murdered Shiba.

Shiba, 28, lived with her fiance - who has allegedly paid lobola for her - a few houses away from her home. She was also allegedly dating the suspect secretly.

"The deceased was a liar. She had promised the man in custody that she was going to leave her fiance and marry him," said a neighbour wo asked not to be identified.

According to the neighbour, Shiba apparently told her fiance that she did not love him anymore after he had her severely assaulted her last month. But they later kissed and made up.

"She later decided to stay with her fiance. The other man (secret lover) had apparently already sent a letter to Shiba's family asking for her hand in marriage," the neighbour said. "So she betrayed him."

Shiba's family confirmed receiving a letter from the suspect on August 9 but refused to discuss the matter.

They said they only knew one prospective son-in-law, who was in KwaZulu-Natal. The family asked Sowetan to speak to him today.

Makhubele said they found a suicide note from the suspect's home which was apparently written on August 9.

"It was an apology to family and church members for killing himself. On the note, he mentions the deceased's name as the cause of his death because she deceived him," said Makhubele.

It is not clear why the jilted lover did not kill himself when he threatened to, but according to the Shibas, he was the last person seen with the deceased on Friday.