Woman murdered in front of congregation

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A mother of three was brutally stabbed to death by her estranged husband at a church service on Friday afternoon. 36-year-old Neliswa ‘Nelly’ Nzuza from the Uitval area in Ward 2, Indaka, was just about to go into a school where an Easter church service was to be held when an apparent argument between her and her husband turned deadly. It is alleged that the woman, who was also an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor, had been abused by her husband for some time and that the couple were separated. The father of the deceased, Mr Nzuza, told the Gazette that he and his daughter had decided to go to a service held at the Intando Yesizwe school. His daughter left before him and he caught up with her at the school. He says that when he arrived, she was standing outside with her husband and it looked as if they were having an argument. “As soon as I got out of the car, my daughter called me. Then I heard her husband saying, ‘Why are you calling your father while we’re talking?’” The husband then grabbed his wife’s arm and pulled out a knife. He proceeded to stab her in the back. Her father tried to intervene, but was stabbed in the arm in the process. She ran into the school, but was followed by her attacker and stabbed repeatedly. Congregation members watched in horror as the woman was stabbed to death. Mr Nzuza is still in shock after the incident. “I worked very hard to raise my child. She was being abused but said that everything would be fine. She was a nurse at Nazareth Hospital (Indaka area) and an active member of the church. She really was a wonderful person. How could this happen on Easter Friday, such a holy day?” said her shattered and heartbroken father. The husband turned himself in at Pomeroy police station the following day and was taken to Ladysmith police station. He is set to appear in court today (Monday). The deceased will be buried this coming weekend.last_img read more