Official in mosque killing to lose job

THE official whose wife was stabbed to death by his mistress outside a mosque in Carolina, Mpumalanga, on Sunday, faces being fired and sent home to Malawi to face his elders.

THE official whose wife was stabbed to death by his mistress outside a mosque in Carolina, Mpumalanga, on Sunday, faces being fired and sent home to Malawi to face his elders.

Ibrahim Muaadh, 29, was the Carolina mosque's muezzin - the crier who calls the congregation to prayers five times a day. His wife, Sakinah Sitra, 25, also a Malawian, was stabbed to death, allegedly by his mistress, Sadia Mhlanga, 24.

The incident occurred at the couple's residence, which is attached to the mosque. Mhlanga was apprehended by congregants and handed to the police after the incident on Sunday evening. Sitra was buried the next day in accordance with Islamic rites.

Mahmood Jina, the person responsible for the mosque and to whom the muezzin reports, said Muaadh would be fired.

"I am going to terminate his employment because of moral issues," he said.

Jina said the husband and wife's parents were still in Malawi, but some of Sitra's other relatives had attended the funeral, including her brothers from Gauteng.

A meeting with Sitra's brothers had discussed the future of Muaadh's five-year-old son. The meeting had decided that Muaadh should go back Malawi to discuss the matter with elders.

Jina said Sunday had been "a very sad and tragic day for the community of Carolina. They were shocked to find out about the alleged secret affair and the tragic outcome".

Mhlanga is being held in custody and is expected back in the Carolina magistrate's court on Monday.

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