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More to testify against woman ‘who took out a hit on her husband’

Jabulile Rejoice Zakwe and her co-accused, Sthabiso Simangaliso Thusi, 35, and Lungisani Maphumulo, 25, are facing a murder charge for the slaying of Mzikayise Isaac Zakwe. File picture

Jabulile Rejoice Zakwe and her co-accused, Sthabiso Simangaliso Thusi, 35, and Lungisani Maphumulo, 25, are facing a murder charge for the slaying of Mzikayise Isaac Zakwe. File picture

Published Aug 5, 2022

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Durban — A 53-year-old woman accused of the murder of her husband appeared at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday.

Jabulile Rejoice Zakwe and her co-accused, Sthabiso Simangaliso Thusi, 35, and Lungisani Maphumulo, 25, are facing a murder charge for the slaying of Mzikayise Isaac Zakwe.

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Zakwe, who was married to Jabulile and fathered their only child, was shot dead at Ndlebezembuzi in Wartburg.

It is said Jabulile hired Thusi and Maphumulo to kill her husband for R20 000.

According to the indictment, the relationship between the pair became acrimonious leading up to the murder.

It further stated that this led Jabulile to hire hitmen to kill her husband.

“On the evening of Friday, November 30, 2018, Thusi and Maphumulo decided to execute the plan to kill Zakwe. They armed themselves and drove to the home of Zakwe.

“On arrival, they approached Zakwe on the pretext of buying liquor from him. They thereafter opened fire and fled the scene,” stated the indictment.

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Zakwe died at the scene of gunshot wounds to his head, lungs and abdomen.

Jabulile paid Thusi and Maphumulo and according to the state, the accused acted in concert with a common purpose to kill Zakwe.

Speaking in the dock, Mxolisi Mbhele, who was at the store when Zakwe was shot, said he thought it was the fireworks.

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“It was at night, but I was able to see Zakwe and the man that was standing outside the shop.

“It happened so fast. The next thing the unknown man jumped inside the store. I heard the shooting sounds and ran,” said Mbele.

The state is expected to call more.

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