Mthokozisi Nene, 44, an Inchanga police officer charged with the murder of his estranged wife, was refused bail in Camperdown Magistrates Court on Monday.
Mthokozisi Nene, 44, a police officer from Inchanga, who is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, was refused bail in Camperdown Magistrates Court on Monday.
It is alleged that the warrant officer killed his 41-year-old wife Thobeka two weeks ago MaMsomi Nene, a teacher, shot dead at her home in Inchanga, west of Durban.
Nene’s sister, Nontuthuko Msomi, who spoke to media outside the court and said although the family could never heal from Nene’s murder , she hoped the legal system would bring justice to her, her children, and her family.
“We would never heal. On that fateful day, my father had the arduous task of removing the remains of my sister from the wall.”
She said Nene had been transferred to Hammersdale from Msunduzi Police Station in Inchanga and had in connection with won a case with the independent police investigative agency after filing a complaint against him.
Msomi said her sister married Nene in 2011 before their relationship faltered in 2019 when she moved out of their home. However, they got back together in 2021 despite an objection from their mother. She said her two children were heartbroken.
“Although we told the youngest child, who is seven, of the mother’s death, she is too young to understand. The older child, a 12-year-old, was one of the first to find her mother’s remains.”
During the brief appearance, Nene, who was wearing jeans and a black jacket, tried to hide his face from the crowded bleachers, including a large media outpouring.
This prompted Judge Nombulelo Nkosi to ask Nene to lower his mask so she could see his face.
Prosecutor Nokubongwa Mahlaba refused bail .
She listed a number of reasons, including that the gun used in the crime had not yet been found.
“He will influence and intimidate witnesses,” she said and added that the crime shocked and outraged the community. Dozens of people protested outside the court.
Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza, who was accompanied by MP and former eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, said she was glad Nene was not granted bail.< /p>
Not only was the family badly affected by this incident, but the Inchanga school children also lost a much-needed teacher.
The matter has been postponed to July 13th.
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