A 27-year-old Polokwane woman has recently been sentenced to 23 years in prison for orchestrating her mother’s murder. Violet Mabina and her two co-accused, Brian Ndlovu (24) and Wilmington Shumbayaonda (27) appeared in the Polokwane High Court and were found guilty for the murder of Mabina’s mother, Nancy Mabina (53).
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojalefa said in a statement that Ndlovu and Shumbayaonda were both sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each for their role in the murder.
It is alleged that the deceased was murdered in her home at Zone 01, Seshego on the 15th of April 2020 at about 2 am in the morning. The courts found that the daughter had hired the two men to kill her mother over a family conflict. She had offered them R100 000 and on the day of the crime, she opened the door for them and led them to where her mother was sleeping before she went back to her own room.
The duo then attacked the deceased, stabbed her several times with a knife, robbed her of cellphone and fled the scene in an attempt to make the incident look like a burglary. However, the deceased’s elderly mother was also in the house, she called for help and the police were notified. The woman was certified dead on the scene.
A manhunt for the suspects was launched and they were arrested the same day. The daughter of the deceased was also arrested later.
The case has been attached to the Provincial Investigative Unit, which ensured that the trio remained in custody throughout the trial. Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba praised the excellent work done by the Provincial Investigative Unit and further applauded the community members for continuously providing the police with positive and valuable information which greatly assisted in speeding up the murder investigations.