A MAN from Bulilima district allegedly connived with his wife and their maid to murder his 97-year-old mother after a South African sangoma told him that the old woman was bewitching him.
Nicholas Dube, 35, allegedly called his wife, Bathobile Moyo, 35, from Johannesburg where he works and instructed her to kill his mother, Sibuko Ndebele who lived with them at their homestead in Dumani Village, Ngwana area.
Acting on her husband’s orders, Bathobile, a mother of four, allegedly engaged her domestic worker, Nomalanga Moyo, 21, and promised her a beast in return for helping her to kill her mother-in-law.
The two women strangled Ndebele using a belt while she was asleep.
The trio appeared on initial remand yesterday before Plumtree magistrate, Gideon Ruvetsa facing murder charges.
They were each remanded in custody to June 9.
Nomalanga and Bathobile allegedly killed the elderly woman on May 18 and reported to the police that she had committed suicide.
A postmortem however, revealed that she had been strangled.
After being questioned by the police, Bathobile implicated her domestic worker and also revealed that her husband masterminded the evil deed.
Dube was arrested on Sunday while at his homestead in Bulilima when he returned home for his mother’s burial.