Two incidents of stabbing murders lead to swift arrest by Elukwatini police

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According to Peace Mbokane, spokesman for Elukwatini Police Station, the first suspect to be pounced on was Zwelethu Nhlanhla Nhlabathi (22). Mbokane said he was arrested at about 08:30 on Sunday.

“Nhlabathi had a heated argument with the victim, Sibonelo Nkosi (20) at a local tavern. Noticing that the two were not seeing eye to eye, some of the patrons tried to intervene and separate them, but the suspect’s friends ganged up on them and they were forced to flee into the tavern for safety’s sake, leaving the victim outside.

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“There, things went pear-shaped. So much so that when the patrons who had earlier tried to assist the victim went outside, they later found the victim lying face down with blood gushing from his chest. They tried to rush him to the local hospital for medical attention, but he was certified dead on arrival,” said Mbokane.

He said swift police investigation led to the arrest of the suspect.
Nhlabathi appeared in the Eerstehoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing a charge of murder.

In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was arrested at about 10:00 on Sunday. She had allegedly inflicted multiple stab wounds on her boyfriend’s body. “Ostensibly, Muhle Charlotte Hlophe (38) left her friends at a tavern situated at Nhlazatshe Extension 1 after a drinking spree and went to her boyfriend’s residence at Nhlazatshe Extension 5. It is said that when she got there, she knocked on the door but no one opened. Information at police’s disposal revealed that she then went to the main house, since her boyfriend’s room is situated outside. The suspect is said to have borrowed a knife from the victim’s siblings, which she said she wanted to use to force the door open.

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“The siblings tried to stop her from going to the room and said that the victim was way too inebriated to speak to her, but Hlophe was adamant,” explained Mbokane.

He said after getting the knife, she charged towards the outside room, forcefully opened the door and found the victim in bed with a different woman. “This sight made the suspect angry and she would have beaten the woman if she had not manoeuvred her way past and run for her life. Muhle then took out her wrath on the victim, Emmanuel Dhlamini (30), who was later found by his family lying face down in his bed.

“It was covered in blood and his body had multiple stab wounds. The family sent for the police after the ordeal, and Hlophe was arrested. She will also appear in the Eerstehoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder,” said Mbokane.

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