A JEALOUS and unemployed man has allegedly stabbed and killed his live-in girlfriend for job hunting before taking his own life.
Judas Mokhuwelele allegedly murdered Pinky Ngobeni, a mother of two, for considering a part-time job against his will.
The incident took place at Nyakelang village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo’s Mopani district last night.
According to the deceased’s mother, Sophie Rikhotso, Ngobeni (32) was killed following a series of arguments with Mokhuwelele (26) over a job offer.
Speaking to African Times at her home in Nyakelang today, Rikhotso said Mokhuwelele allegedly killed Ngobeni before hanging himself with a wire inside the house they shared in the village.
The couple were co-habiting but not married, she added.
“What I know is my daughter had an argument with her boyfriend for stopping her from going to work. He did not want her to go out and look for a job or even to work,” Rikhotso said.
She said Ngobeni’s 15 year-old daughter made the gruesome discovery of the couple’s bodies when she entered their house.
Ngobeni’s body lied in a pool of blood.
Rikhotso, a domestic worker in Polokwane, said the problem started on May 2 when Ngobeni complained that Mokhuwelele prevented her from going on a job-hunt.
“I called the man and asked why is he behaving like that but he didn’t answer. I have tried to discuss with him my difficulties as a single domestic worker who needed financial assistance. All I needed was for him to understand why my daughter needed to work, so she could continue helping raise her two children aged five and 15,” explained Rikhotso.
She said she thought Mokhuwelele had understood her plea.
A few days later, however, she heard that “he killed my daughter and himself”.
Rikhotso said before Ngobeni’s murder, Mokhuwelele had denied her family access to her.
Ngobeni’s sister and her daughter had asked to speak to her about the job offer, Rikhotso added, but Mokhuwelele had refused.
“He forced them to speak to the deceased from outside the house,” said Rikhotso. “Maybe the following day he killed her because she wanted to go for this job meeting, I don’t know.”
The distraught mother said it was not the first time that Mokhuwelele had blocked Ngobeni, a trained security officer, from taking up job offers.
Rikhotso added: “She was trained as a security guard before getting this recent part -time job. When she wanted to go look for a job after completing her training, he blocked her.”
The incident has left the community in shock and disbelief.