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Man in court for elderly nun’s murder

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Published Jun 20, 2014

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Mthatha- A man accused of murdering a Roman Catholic nun appeared briefly in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Friday, Eastern Cape police said.

The case against Asiphe Ndikinda, 26, was postponed to July 2 for a formal bail application, Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela said.

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Ndikinda was arrested in Mthatha on Thursday following the murder of Sister Mary Paule Tacke, 82.

She was hijacked and kidnapped by two men in Mthatha on Sunday. Following the crime people who worked with her saw her car in Mthatha and followed it. The police were called and during the ensuing chase the car overturned. The two occupants ran away.

Tacke's body was found in Nangeni, in a small stream in the veld, on Monday.

Ndikinda's alleged accomplice was caught in Mqanduli on Friday morning. He would appear in court on Monday.

According to the Lewiston Tribune Online, Tacke was kidnapped outside the Thembelihle orphanage, which she founded to help children aged eight to 16.

She was born in Cottonwood, Idaho, the US, on March 17, 1932. After coming to South Africa she began her missionary work at the Mariazell mission near Matatiele.

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In 1955 she founded Bethany Place of Safety in Mthatha, a home for abandoned children from newborn to age six. She was its director from 1955 to 2007.

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