Woman who killed, burnt pregnant colleague gets long jail term

Nokubonga Dubazane and Mqapheli Miya have been sentenced to 25 years in jail for the murder of pregnant Hlengiwe Christina Ndaba. 

“They will be joining their co-accused Nkosingiphile Morris Ngubane, 39, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on October 22 2020 for murder,” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo. 

Ngubane was traced and arrested in 2020 and pleaded guilty. 

According to Ngcobo, Ndaba’s body was found burnt beyond recognition inside her vehicle at a forest in Emmause, Winterton on July 22 2020.

“During the investigation, it was revealed that Dubazane worked with the deceased, and on the day of the incident, she brought her lunch which was laced with poison.

“When the deceased became weak, she was taken to Miya’s house where she was strangled to death. Her body was then moved to the forest where she was set alight.”

It is believed that Dubazane was after Ndaba’s teaching job.

Ndaba’s post-mortem revealed that the recovered remains were of a woman who was eight months pregnant.

DNA tests were conducted and showed that the body was of Ndaba, who was a teacher at a school in Amangwe.

“It was also discovered that Dubazane wanted to take Ndaba’s job since she was almost due for maternity leave.

“She believed that if she killed Ndaba, she would get her job and become permanently employed in the position of the deceased,” Ngcobo said.


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