The life sentence handed down to Ntiyiso Xilumane (26) from Matsotsosela village outside Giyani by the Limpopo Division of High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 in connection with a murder of his ex-girlfriend came as a major relief for some of his [Ntiyiso] relatives. Xilumane was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his slain ex-girlfriend, Dr Xongile Nkhwashu who at the time of her untimely death was a Medical intern Doctor at Mankweng hospital outside Polokwane.
Giyani View learned from the source that Ntiyiso uses drugs, and his behaviour when under the influence, has given the family a torrid time, to the point of even driving some of his elders away.
Our source who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that there are some members of the family who believe that if Ntiyiso escaped from incarceration or is released on parole, he would target them. Giyani View understands that Ntiyiso has terrorised his family for a number of years prior to his arrest.
According to our source, had people not over-sensationalized the situation, which was unfortunate given the severity of the situation, they would have attended Dr Xongile Nkhwashu’s funeral earlier this year and supported her family.
“It’s unfortunate that some people saw an opportunity to attack the Shilumani family without knowing that Ntiyiso was nothing but bad news who put some of his own family members in great distress and even threatening his elders”.
Giyani View understands that the family has members who are active in Government and would like to ensure that relationships are not strained moving forward.
“The honest truth is that the family is fully aware that their image has been dragged in the mud already, and there is nothing they can do about it”.
After the murder of Dr. Nkhwashu, the Shilumani family released a statement through Dr Madambi Shilumani, in which the family stated, “we do not condone violence against women and we condemn the killing of women in the strongest terms. The family feels strongly that justice should prevail”.
Our source also revealed that the Shilumani family was devastated by the comments made to the media, which the family felt would have put their lives in danger had they attended the funeral.
It’s understood that some members of the Shilumani family have reached out to the Nkhwashu family to convey their sympathies and extend a hand of support.