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Mother hires hitmen to kill her daughter because she was an alcoholic

By Mason White 3:31 AM March 23, 2016
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By: Wayne Morin
A mother was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder after hiring hitmen to kill her daughter because she was an alcoholic, police in South Africa said.

Now, 43-year-old Thandi Truelove Ndlovu of Pietermaritzburg, has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

The hitmen, 20-year-old Sanele Gumede and 31-year-old Sthabiso Gumede, have been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison after being convicted of murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Nompumelelo Mthembu.

The two brothers were also convicted of murder in connection with the death of the victim’s 6-year-old daughter, Bandile Kitty Mthembu, who was strangled after witnessing the killing of her mother.

After killing the mother and daughter, the brothers dragged their bodies to a wooded area, where they cut their necks.

Ndlovu admitted that she paid R7,000 ($486) to have her daughter killed. She told the court that her daughter moved into her home four months before she was killed.

She claimed that Mthembu often became intoxicated, and threatened her life and the of her sister so she had no choice but to kill her.