Cape Town - The State is opposing bail in the case of a 19-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his disabled mother to death at their home in Khayelitsha in April.

Ulwazi Ngozi allegedly stabbed Ntombi Ngozi 13 times in the chest and head. He was her main carer, washing her and looking after her. In a statement submitted to police, Ngozi said his mother often hit him. He said in her view he could do nothing right.

Former investigating officer Nivard Adams took the stand in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court and read from the autopsy report: “There were 13 stab wounds to the interior of the chest and the superior part of the skull. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds.”

On April 14, Ngozi was washing his mother at 9am when she made him “angry”. He grabbed a knife and stabbed her, Adams said.

Adams said a 22-year-old cousin heard Ntombi’s screams and ran to the bedroom to investigate.

“As she approached she met the accused in the hallway where he tried to stab her too,” said Adams.

She wrestled the knife from Ngozi’s hand as both fell to the ground.

“She held the knife and ran towards the street where she dropped it. The accused went into the street, picked up the knife and chased her.”

Ngozi was later found with the murder weapon in his possession.

Adams said he was opposing bail because Ngozi could be a flight risk.

Relatives of the teen have written to the court asking that he be released on bail. Previously the family asked that Ngozi, who has epileptic seizures, be sent for mental observation.

Magistrate Gary Harmse postponed the matter to Monday for a decision on the bail application.


Cape Argus