Man kills wife for refusing to have sex

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Residents of Mpola near Pinetown in Durban are in shock after an enraged husband shot his wife dead yesterday morning after she refused to have sex with him.

Her husband had also accused her of infidelity . She was only 24 years old.

Locals said the couple had been experiencing marital problems.

The women's stepchildren said they heard their father and stepmother fighting but took it for granted.

"We later heard a gunshot from their bedroom. But it was not clear what was happening. We ran out to tell the neighbours about the incident," one of them told police.

Neighbours who gathered outside the home of the couple expressed shocked at the incident. They said the man appeared to be a Christian and never showed any signs of being a violent person.

Local councillor Nkosi Dimba said the community was traumatised by the incident.

"While I was sleeping I heard people knocking on my door. On opening up, I was met by these young children crying at my door. They informed me that their father had killed their mother.

"I immediately drove to the police station to report the matter. The suspect confirmed that he had killed his wife, saying that she had refused to have sex with him on several occasions," said Dimba.

"In the house was the body of his wife in a pool of blood."

Police spokesman Nokuthula Nkosi said police arrested the man at the scene of the incident.

She said police are investigating a case of murder.