KZN woman, hitman jailed for life for killing traditional healer over land dispute.
2017 saw the conviction of Duduzile Philisiwe Gumbi and hitman Ngcebo Sheperd Khuzwayo for the murder of traditional healer Zandile Zondo.
This Monday, they were given a life term in prison in Mtunzini High Court.
Before the murder occurrence, Gumbi and Zondo allegedly had a disagreement over land, and Gumbi then made the decision to kill her.
She then hired Khuzwayo, who asked Fisokuhle Mfeka for help, to carry out the murder in the Gingindlovu region in February 2017.
“On the day of the incident, both men armed themselves with a firearm and went to Zondo’s house, under the pretext of seeking a consultation,” said NPA provincial spokesperson Natasha Kara.
“Once alone with her, Mfeka shot her fatally and the men then fled the area. Gumbi later paid Khuzwayo a sum of money, and they were arrested some weeks later.”
The NPA claims that Mfeka had a mental illness before the trial began and was labeled a state patient.
Khuzwayo received a second term of two years and six months in prison for having a gun without a permit, in addition to a life sentence.
Gumbi’s confession and cellphone evidence were both used by State Advocate Dan Magwaza to support the state’s position in court.
The deceased’s daughter Amanda Pretty Nxumalo stated in a victim impact statement that her mother was a good and loving person, and that her death had torn their family apart.
“She also mentioned that since her mother was killed at their homestead, being at home is a constant reminder to them that she is dead, and they cannot move past that.”
In sentencing them, the court deemed them unfit to possess a firearm.
“Their application for leave to appeal their conviction and sentence was refused.”