A dispute over the wage between a worker and his employer ended with a murder and robbery in Pretoria.
28-year-old Zuko Mdingi was convicted and sentenced by the Tsomo Regional Court to 15 years for murder, 10 years on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances and 5 years for theft. Mdingi’s sentences will run concurrently.
Mdingi is said to have been the employee at a livestock farm, he was also a caretaker at a property belonging to the deceased, Xolisa Makalima, aged 49. The woman was living in another property of hers at the same village of Mbeveni in Mthwaku area, Ngqamakwe district.
“On the evening of 27 May 2018, Mdingi went to where Makalima stayed to get his salary but she told him she did not have the money. It is then that Mdingi drew a knife and stabbed the woman before strangling her with a rope. Thereafter, he took her car keys, three cell phones, R60 in cash and clothes belonging to her son,” the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Eastern Cape spokesperson Luxolo Tyali confirmed.
After the murder, Mdingi had fled coming back to his hometown of Mbizana where the police arrested him shortly after Makalima’s body discovery.