Booysens Park murder, wife and ‘hitman’ handed life sentences

South African Police Service

Booysens Park murder, wife and ‘hitman’ handed life sentences
Booysens Park murder, wife and 'hitman' handed life sentences

A hitman and a husband killer was sentenced on 25 April 2023 in the Gqeberha High court for the murder of the accused’ estranged husband who was shot at his Marikana home in Booysens Park in January 2020.

The cold and callous murder was triggered by greed when accused Ntombizodwa Solwandle (42), while separated from her husband had taken out policies on him.

Hitman, Masixole Nyaba (32) was introduced to her by a friend and on 18 January 2020, the two accused and the friend went to the house. The victim, Mnoneleli Solwandle (42-years-old at the time) was phoned to come outside where he was shot by Nyaba.

The murder case was investigated by the Provincial Serious and Violent Crime Unit and as the investigation progressed, the deceased wife and Nyaba were arrested at SAPS Bethelsdorp on 23 January 2020 on a charge of murder.

They remained in custody until sentencing.

Her friend who arranged the hitman was shot and killed in her flat in Zwide in 2021.

On Tuesday, 25 April 2023 the accused were sentenced as follows:

Masixole Nyaba
Murder – life imprisonment
Possession of unlicensed firearm – 15 years
Possession of ammunition- 2 years
All other sentences will run concurrent to the life sentence.

Ntombizodwa Solwandle
Murder – life imprisonment

Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Maj Gen Vuyisile Ncata has welcomed the sentencing and commended the investigating officer, D/Const Zukisa Busakwe and all those involved in the case for their meticulous investigation in ensuring a watertight case against the accused persons. ’Justice has been served on them (Nyaba and Solwandle) as they never got to enjoy the fruits of their greedy intentions,’ added Maj Gen Ncata.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service