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Conspiring wife: Justice served for slain cop that was stabbed to death

A wife from Port Shepstone hired three men to murder her husband who was a police officer. She is now serving a 22-year jail term.

Conspiring wife

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A conspiring wife who had her policeman husband murdered on 3 November 2019 was sentenced to serve 22 years in prison.

Nonkululelo Ngwabe, 46, was convicted and sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 7 June 2021. She conspired with three men to brutally murder her husband, Warrant Officer Thulani Ngwabe, 51, on 3 November 2019.

According to SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, Thulani’s body, riddled with stab wounds, was discovered on a railway track near Port Shepstone beach. The 51-year-old was stationed at the Margate Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.


A murder investigation was conducted by the Hawks, Port Shepstone Serious Organised Crime Unit, and in December 2019, Nonkululelo was arrested for her husband’s murder. At the time, she confessed she organised a hit on her husband by hiring three men to do the deed.

Investigations by the Hawks led to the arrests of Sthembiso Mbona, 25, Nhlakanipho Ndovela, 23 and Saziso Khambule, 25.

All three accused appeared before the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court and were charged with murder. The State opposed bail and the men are remanded in custody. Their case was transferred to the Pietermaritzburg High Court for trial on 18 June 2021.

Nonkululelo Ngwabe will start serving her sentence.


In a separate, more recent incident, a 50-year-old man was the victim of a brutal attack and stabbing incident in his Rydalvale home in KZN on Sunday 6 June and according to Prem Balram, spokesperson for the Reaction Unit SA (RUSA), the man was stabbed five times by one of his workers.

“The man was alone at home. He had just returned home after delivering pet food to a customer. He placed the cash by his prayer place before he continued with chores inside his home.” Balram said while cleaning the bathroom, one of the man’s workers, entered the KZN premises and put him in a headlock.

“The suspect then drew a knife and repeatedly stabbed his employer before he proceeded to the prayer room where he stole the cash.” 

It is understood that the injured man stumbled out of the house and collapsed in his driveway but luckily, neighbours saw him and assisted which ultimately saved his life.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the worker has been urged to contact Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) on 086-1234-333.