Case of Phalaborwa pastor who killed wife has been postponed for a formal bail application


By Staff Reporter

LULEKANI-The case of a man who allegedly killed his wife has been postponed, for a formal bail application by the Lulekani Magistrates’ Court

Nyamayavo Solomon Mabasa (71) appeared in court on Wednesday, August 24 for bail application but because of the National Shutdown, his appearance was postponed.

Mabasa was arrested on Tuesday, August 16 for stabbing his wife Patricia Ngobeni (45) to death.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi, said the incident occurred in the Biko Settlement in Lulekani outside Phalaborwa at approximately 12:00.

When Police arrived at the scene they found the woman inside the house with multiple stab wounds.

“A sharp object believed to be the weapon that was used to commit the murder was found on the scene,” said Seabi.

The suspect allegedly handed himself at the Lulekani police station on the same day. He was arrested and detained. According to the police, the motive for the murder is not known – at this stage – but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.

Mabasa will remain in custody and appear before the court on September 08 for a formal bail application.

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