An alleged love triangle may have led to the murder of the wife and daughter-in-law of former Eastern Cape police chief Wilson Toba, 55.
Boniswa Alinah Toba, 74, and Cingiswa Caroline Mila, 41, were murdered in their home in Peddie on April 12, and Lwando Elvis Lengisi, 32, is charged with entering a house and another suspect, arresting Toba and Mila. stabbed them to death.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokeswoman Anelisa Ngcakani said the second suspect was still on the loose. The two allegedly stole cellphones and cash from the home and fled.
The killings were allegedly committed by Nomvula Issaballa Zodwa, 57, a former police captain. Zodwa was apparently in a romantic relationship with the former commissioner when she asked Thamsanqa Hlamandana, 32, a Port Elizabeth sangoma, to castigate his wife. She apparently suggested that she rather hire two men to kill Mila.
Zodwa, Hlamandana and Lengisi were arrested later that month on two counts each of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances, the NPA said. They appeared in the Peddie Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where the state opposed their bail application.
The state said the killings were planned, carried out by a group of people with a common purpose and that the victims were brutally attacked. Adv. Prosecutor Mzukisi Mapuma also says there are no extraordinary circumstances that justify their release on bail.
The bail application resumes on Wednesday.