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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal mother who allegedly ordered a hit on her two sons had asked an undercover policeman for a group discount on his “fee” because she also planned to target her other three children.
She had allegedly approached a relative - recently released on parole from prison - to carry out the hit because she believed he was brave enough to do it, the police said.
It is unclear what the relative was serving time for.
The woman had taken out multiple life policies on her children.
Makhosazana Dorothy Langeni, 50, appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
According to the charge sheet, Langeni, of Gamalakhe on the KZN South Coast, had conspired since May with a relative to kill her sons, Nkazimulo, 21, and Nkanyiso, 24.
Langeni allegedly wanted them dead to claim the insurance policies she had taken out on their lives, the police said.
Police spokesman, Colonel Vincent Mdunge, said the “hit man” could not bear the thought of returning to jail and tipped off the police about Langeni’s alleged plot.
He said the Port Shepstone Hawks were alerted and they called in Crime Intelligence officers to help investigate.
He said an undercover operation was planned for August 14.
“The hit man was told to go back to the woman and tell her that he had found someone else to do the job. The person posing as the hit man was an undercover policeman.”
On August 14, a meeting between the woman and the undercover policeman took place in Port Shepstone where details of the alleged plot to kill her sons were discussed.
The price of each murder was allegedly R25 000.
Mdunge said the woman had requested a discount because she was giving the hit man two jobs.
“She also said that if he carried out the hits successfully, she would give him three more jobs. She had planned to take out her other children as well. She had life insurance cover on all of them.”
The money was to be paid on the day of the hit.
“On Tuesday she promised to provide the hit man with photos to enable him to identify her sons before committing the murders,” said Mdunge.
During Tuesday’s meeting at Gamalakhe, the woman handed over photos as well as R350 for expenses.
“After the exchange, police arrested the woman and found her in possession of insurance documents as well as four other identity documents,” said Mdunge.
He said the operation had been captured on video.
Mdunge said bail would be opposed next week.
On Thursday, the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court was filled with family and curious people who wanted to hear details of the planned hit.
They were disappointed when officials told them Langeni had appeared on Wednesday.
Outside court, one of Langeni’s close relatives, who did not want to be named because she said she feared for her life, said Langeni’s husband had died several years ago. She thought his death was suspicious, she said, adding that she was not on good terms with Langeni.
When a Daily News team went to Langeni’s house on Thursday, all the windows and doors were shut and a young man wearing a red hoodie appeared and introduced himself as Nkanyiso, the accused’s son.
He said he and his brother had been waiting for elders in the family to arrive before they could speak to the media.
“We don’t rule ourselves, we have elders to answer to, so at this point there is nothing I can say until we have met with the elders and decisions are made on whether we speak to the media or not,” he said.
Nkanyiso appeared relaxed as he walked out to the yard chatting to reporters. When asked whether he feared for his life, he laughed, saying: “Me? Never.”