Njabulo Ndlovu received five life terms on Thursday. Photo: File.

Pietermaritzburg man gets five life terms for killing mother, grandmother and child

Njabulo Ndlovu killed ‘three generations of women’ on 27 June 2022. He also raped the seven-year-old girl twice.


Njabulo Ndlovu received five life terms on Thursday. Photo: File.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced 29-year-old Njabulo Ndlovu to five terms of life imprisonment on Thursday, 21 July, for a devastating triple murder he committed on 27 June 2022. The accused pleaded guilty before the same court last week.

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said Ndlovu pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and two counts of rape.

The incident occurred in Sobantu, Pietermaritzburg earlier this year. In his plea the accused explained that he went to the victims’ family home with friends where “three generations of women” lived.

Ndlovu and his friend allegedly drank beer with the 65-year-old grandmother and 35-year-old mother while the seven-year-old girl was at home.

“At some stage, his friends left and he had consensual sex with the child’s mother and they fell asleep. During the night, the child’s granny woke up and asked him to leave, threatening to hurt him with a knife.

“They struggled with the knife and after dispossessing her of the knife, he decided to kill her. He strangled her and further stabbed her on her neck and above her eye,” said Ramkisson-Kara.

At this point, the daughter woke up and confronted Ndlovu. They fought and the accused decided to kill her as well.

“He said that he was still naked (from the consensual sex) when the 7-year-old walked into the room. She began to scream, so he grabbed her and strangled her. He then raped her twice before strangling her again to make certain she was dead,” added the NPA spokesperson.

After the killings, Ndlovu heard a commotion outside the house, got dressed and fled the scene. He was arrested on the same day.


Senior State Advocate Candy Kander told the Pietermaritzburg court that Ndlovu was a calculated murderer who ruined an entire family.

Victim Impact statements compiled by family members, people from the community and the child’s teacher said the victims were a happy, community-orientated, family,

“The child’s teacher said that the child was a happy and hopeful child who brightened the lives of all she came into contact with,” said the NPA spokesperson.

As part of his sentence, Ndlovu was entered into the National Sex Offenders Registry. The Department of Correctional Services must also contact the family of the victims before he can be considered for parole.