In yet another sad update, a Zimbabwean man based in South Africa was arrested for murdering his wife and children
Nowa Makula (32) allegedly killed his girlfriend Nomzamo Mhlanti (42) and her five kids Azakhiwe (10), Ibanathi (8), Wineka (5), Thoko (5) and Luphumlo (6 months) with an axe while they were sleeping in their shack on Tuesday, 24 November.
The accused was arrested last week and detectives this Zimbabwean man was trying to flee the country.
Makula is reported to the boyfriend of the deceased woman and father of the three children whom he killed with an axe. Among the children was a 6 months old baby.
The murder has made headline is SA and internationally and it sadly happened when the country has started its 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
The accused made his first court appearance in Elliotdale magistrate’s court on Monday before the matter was postponed for the bail application. Police had to fire teargas so as to disperse angry residents who would see to it that Makula dies too.
When Makula (32) took the stand, Baliswa Sikhundwana and members of the victims’ family collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.
Makula is facing charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He was arrested in Ginsberg, near King William’s Town, on Thursday 26 November.
#ECAxeMurders The man accused of hacking to death his wife and 5 children in Kwaaiman last week, made a brief appearance in the Elliotdale Magistrates’ Court today. Nowa Makula was arrested last week. LP
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NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali said more charges will possibly be added as police were checking whether the accused was legally in Mzansi or not.
During his brief appearance, Makula asked to be represented by a Legal Aid attorney after indicating he wanted to be assisted by a Shona interpreter.
Protesters outside court included members of the ANC Women’s League and ATM members, led by party president Vuyolwethu Zungula. Addressing the media outside the court, Zungula said he’d written to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking for the death penalty for those found guilty of killing innocent people
Members of churches around Elliotdale were also outside the court.
The matter was postponed to Monday, 7 December for a formal bail application and for an interpreter to be appointed.