5 Shocking SA Murder Cases Involving The Spouse

Uxoricide or love murder cases have been the most controversial and dramatic in South Africa! Below is a list of 5 Shocking SA Murder Cases Involving The Spouse. These cases not only made headlines locally but world over and it’s shocking to see how thin a line there is between love and hate!

1. Karabo Mokoena

Karabo’s body was discovered in a shallow grave in Lyndhurst, eastern Johannesburg. Sandal claims that he doesn’t know who killed her, but that he panicked and believed people would think he killed her.He said he stuffed her body into a bin, rolled it out and into his gold BMW and drove to his family home in Lyndhurst, in southern Johannesburg. He picked up a tyre, acid and a container and drove to a filling station to buy petrol, which he used to douse Karabo’s body in Bramley, where he buried her body.

2. Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp

On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home. He claimed he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom, but he was arrested and charged with murder. At his trial the following year, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. He received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for a separate reckless endangerment conviction.

3. Anni Dewani

Anni Ninna Dewani was a Swedish woman of Indian origin who was murdered while on her honeymoon in South Africa after the taxi she and her husband were travelling in was carjacked. South African prosecutors formulated charges against Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani, based on the later discredited confessions of Tongo, Qwabe and Mbolombo, who were found to have committed perjury. Charges were brought on the basis that Anni had been the victim of a premeditated kidnapping and murder for hire, that was staged to appear as a random carjacking, at the alleged behest of her husband. Following a long legal battle, Shrien was extradited from the UK to South Africa to face trial. He was exonerated by a Western Cape High Court ruling in December 2014 that there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against him, nor to support the allegation that the crime was a premeditated murder for hire.

4. Flabba



Flabba died in the early hours of 9 March 2015, due to a fatal stab wound at his home in Alexandria, after an altercation with his girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele. He was 37.

5. Judge Patrick Maqubela

Judge Patrick Maqubela

Judge Patrick Maqubela

In 2015, the High Court sentenced Maqubela to an effective 18 years behind bars for killing her husband, forging his will and then fraudulently trying to pass it off as an authentic document.

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