Pietermaritzburg - A man, who murdered a woman in a love
triangle, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by a court
in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Friday.
Sandile Ngubane, 20, of Mtubatuba, told the court his
sister Beniwe Nala, promised him a cow if he killed Sibongile Zenli, whom she
suspected of having an affair with her boyfriend.
Ngubane said he felt indebted to his sister as she had
raised him in the absence of parents.
Nala gave Ngubane a home-made firearm and guided him to
Ngubane killed her with a single shot through a window
while she was asleep.
The court heard that Nala had not given him the cow she
had promised him.
Acting Judge Thoba Poya-Dlwati found substantial and
compelling circumstances to depart from the prescribed life sentence for
These were that Ngubane was a first offender, he was
relatively young, he had pleaded guilty and not wasted the court's time, and
had undertaken to testify against his sister.
Although there was no evidence linking him to the murder,
had he not volunteered his guilt.
However, it counted against him that he had thought he
would be rewarded with a cow for the crime.
Ngubane said he had hoped to sell the cow and use the
money to obtain a driver's licence, which would have enhanced his chances of
finding a job.
He did not apply for leave to appeal the sentence.