South African man who shot dead his girlfriend in front of her colleagues sentenced to 25 years imprisonment


A man is sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his fiancée in front of her shocked colleagues.

On Monday, June 28, 2021, Avumile Mbuyiseli Nodongwe, 29, was sentenced by the Mthatha Regional Court in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

In a statement released on Thursday, July 1, police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the deceased, Noloyiso Gqeba, was at Mandleni Junior Secondary School in Xunu Locality, where she worked as a cleaner, when Mbuyiseli Nodongwe, with whom she was in a relationship, arrived and shot her with a firearm. Noloyiso, 35, was shot on the spot.

“The tragedy left coworkers speechless as they watched horrific scenes of the woman’s cold-blooded murder and the suspect’s escape from the crime scene,” Kinana said.

“On the 25th of August 2020, the suspects were apprehended by police in an operation directed by the Provincial Commissioner via the activation of the 72-hour mobilisation plan.”

The manhunt began in the mountains and Gqogqorha forests until the culprit was forced to surrender at Mthatha Central Police Station,” he added.

Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, the Provincial Commissioner, stated that the prison sentence will serve as a lesson and deterrent to would-be perpetrators of Gender Based Violence and Femicide.

General Ntshinga also commended the detectives’ efforts to ensure that the incident’s investigation was completed successfully.

“From the time this crime was committed until the time the suspect was sentenced, it took less than a year. Lieutenant General Ntshinga stated, “I have no doubt that justice has been served, and that is exactly what our communities require.”

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