Family Feud Turned Fatal: Son Behind Bars For Father’s Murder Over Music Ambitions
A Mbombela son has been sentenced to life in prison for his father’s murder. The man killed his father because he refused to support his dream of becoming a musician.
According to Zimoja, Siphamandla Gift Khumalo, a 22-year-old man, was angry that his father was stopping him from pursuing his dream of being a musician.
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He appeared at Mbombela High Court, where he admitted to killing his dad, Bheki Khumalo, who was 47 years old.
Siphamandla and his dad, Bheki, used to get along well, but the relationship turned nasty when he thought that his dad was not supporting him in achieving his dream of becoming a musician.
Bheki, a businessman, wanted his son Siphamandla to study engineering instead of pursuing music as his career. Siphamandla was unhappy with this because he felt his father was obstructing him to achieve his own goal.
He thought of a plan to get rid of his dad completely.
One day, Siphamandla left his home in Mayflower and went to Ermelo, Mpumalanga, to visit his father, who runs a business there, reported National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Monica Nyuswa.
When he arrived in Ermelo, his dad wasn’t there, so he waited for him to return. Upon Bheki’s arrival, Siphamandla pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the neck, resulting in the former’s death.
Zimoja said that before the judgment was delivered, the state lawyer, Eugene Mathebula, gave judge Greyling Coetzer a letter from Bheki’s wife (who is also Gift’s mother) telling them how the crime had affected her.
She explained to the court that she had no way to make money since her husband had died.
She also said that people in her neighbourhood thought she planned with her son to murder her husband.
Following sufficient evidence presented in court, the judge saw it justified to sentence Gift to life in prison.