Husband of ‘missing’ wife found buried under bathtub back in court on 10 Sept

The man who reported his wife as missing more than two years ago on Wednesday appeared briefly in the Butterworth Magistrates’ Court in the Eastern Cape charged with her murder.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape Luxolo Tyali said Yibanathi MacGyver Ndema (43) is facing two counts, one of premeditated murder and that of defeating the ends of justice.

“It is alleged that Ndema killed his wife, Noluvuyo Nonkwelo, 36, at their marital home at Zingqayi area in the district of Butterworth on 01 July 2019.  On 03 July 2019 he reported his wife as a missing person to the police, even though he knew that was not true.

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“He was arrested on Monday after human remains, believed to be that of Nonkwelo, were found buried underneath a bathtub, in the bathroom of the house the couple shared.

“During today’s court appearance, Ndema elected to be represented by the Legal Aid South Africa attorney and indicated that he wishes to be released on bail.

“Prosecutor Masixole Mamve applied for the matter to be postponed for formal bail application and further investigations.

“The state is opposing bail and the case has postponed to 10 September,” Tyali said.

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