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WIFE MURDER CASE: WOMEN PROTEST AS MASHUMI IN COURT

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NHLANGANO – Nhlangano Town Council interim committee Chairman Mashumi Shongwe appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife, Tigezile Magongo.

It is worth noting that at the main entrance, there were women from different organisations against gender-based violence (GBV) who were carrying placards and demonstrating. The women shared that they were against the murder of the former police officer, who was shot dead last year. Also present were the Magongo family members, who filled up the court seats and were all wearing T-shirts with the late police officer’s picture, as well as words she used to say ‘ukhona God’ to most people she related with. Shongwe’s family members were also present and at some point while outside, the Magongo family was heard shouting words directed at Shongwe’s family, in that justice had to be served for their sister. Further notable faces were those of some former councillors at Nhlangano Town Council, as well the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Babsy Mavuso. Police officers who worked with the deceased Magongo were also present in court, in particular her close friends. Shongwe stands accused of the murder of his wife, who was assassinated at Extension 4 below His Majesty’s Correctional Services facility in Nhlangano, around 8pm on November 30, 2022. The police officer was returning from work when she was shot.

Worth noting is that a case of attempted attack was reported to the police about two weeks before she was killed, after three men attempted to attack her when she got home from work. It was said that she saw them through a window and raised the alarm. In court yesterday, unlike other suspects, who when they appear for the first time, use the main entrances to the court buildings; Shongwe was whisked through the underground entrance, used by His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) to bring remanded inmates into court. He used the same entrance when appearing before Principal Magistrate Florence Msibi.

Jointly

According to the charge sheet, the accused has been charged with the crime of murder, in that the said accused person, allegedly acting individually or jointly in furtherance of a common purpose with a person(s) still being sought by the police, did unlawfully and intentionally kill one Tigezile Magongo. Shongwe was remanded in custody until March 30, 2023, pending committal to the High Court. He was taken to the Nhlangano Police Station, before being whisked to HMCS facility. It was gathered that Shongwe recorded a confession. It was also gathered from sources working close to the matter that police investigations led to a man who recorded a statement that Shongwe once requested services of a hit man from him. This was said to have been part of the investigations that led to his arrest.

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