Strand Cop on Trial for Murder

Scorned cop charged with murder

A 28-year-old female police constable has appeared in the Western Cape High Court in connection with the murder of her ex-boyfriend’s lover, and an attempt to kill him in an alleged act of jealousy.
The woman, Bongiwe Ndarhala of Lwandle, Strand, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and the unlawful possession of a 9mm Z88 pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition.
The State has based its case on the understanding that Ndarhala, who was based at Cape Town International Airport, was involved in an intimate relationship with police officer Sinethemba Jamjam, 33.
The relationship ended early last year and Jamjam became involved with another woman, Nolubabalo Mlumiso, who was also the mother of his three-year-old child.
According to the charge sheet, Ndarhala was off duty when she went to the police barracks in Somerset West on September 29 last year. She entered Jamjam’s room, where she found him with Mlumiso.
It is alleged she shot Mlumiso in the chest, then shot Jamjam in the stomach.
Mlumiso died, but Jamjam survived, and their child was unharmed.
The State alleges that the gun Ndarhala used belonged to her colleague, Masithembe Mntonga.
Mntonga had left it under the driver’s seat of his vehicle with the intention of removing it later, but only after he gave Ndarhala permission to use his vehicle, did he remember the gun.
He called her immediately to let her know it was there, according to the State, which has 17 witnesses lined up.
Ndarhala, who has been a policewoman since 2007, has not yet pleaded to the charges against her, but said in an affidavit submitted to the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court during her bail hearing that she would deny the allegations.
She was released on bail of R1 000 in December.
Judge Nathan Erasmus on Tuesday postponed the case to August 29. - Cape Argus

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