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Cape Town - An eight months pregnant pupil was brutally stabbed to death, allegedly by her lover as she sat listening to gospel music.
Not even the matriculant’s relatives, who were in the house at the time of the brutal attack, could save her or her unborn child.
Ncebakazi Bili, 20, was stabbed five times allegedly by her jealous lover as she sat in her Samora Machel home on Saturday afternoon.
The suspect, whose identity is known to the Daily Voice, is believed to be the father of her child.
The 23-year-old has since been arrested and is expected to appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on a double murder charge.
The Grade 12 learner’s sister Nandipha Bili, 18, says the trouble started when the suspect saw her sister’s ex-boyfriend talking to one of her brothers.
“After seeing Ncebakazi’s ex-boyfriend talking to one of my brothers, he became jealous,” said Nandipha.
She said her sister’s lover confronted her and they had an argument after which he left the house. But he returned minutes later.
“He came inside our home and attacked her,” said Nandipha. “We thought he was hitting her with a fist.
“But there was blood coming and she was screaming in pain as he continued stabbing her.
“She was eight months pregnant and due in January,” Nandipha added.
The family said Ncebakazi had tried to flee from the house but she collapsed outside. Minutes later she was dead.
By this time the suspect had tried to escape from the scene. But he was cornered by residents and beaten up before being handed over to the police.
The victim’s father Samuel Ngxaka, 57, told the Daily Voice that his daughter had been looking forward to giving birth and then continuing with her studies later.
“I will never be the same again,” said a heartbroken Samuel. “This boy has robbed us of our hope. She was pregnant and due in January.”
Samuel also said that Ncebakazi was a mother figure in the house after he lost his wife in 2010.
“My wife died in 2010 and she has been the one taking care of everything including her younger sister,” he explained.
“I am so devastated and don’t know what more must I do.”
Nyanga police spokeswoman Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi told the Daily Voice that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder.
“He is charged for double murder,” Sitshitshi said.