Priest’s wife accused of murdering her husband

The wife of an Anglican priest in South Africa has been arrested in connection with the murder of her husband, the Rev. Canon Ongama Xuba, who last month was found stabbed to death in his rectory in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.

Last week police detectives announced that Mrs. Lungiswa Xuba (40) had been arrested as an accessory in the death of her husband.  The police reported they had also taken into custody Mr. Vuyo Mehlo (40) and have charged him with killing Canon Xuba.

On 3 August, Mrs. Xuba and her two small children returned to their home from a shopping excursion.  The children ran into the house and then rushed back, telling their mother that their father was badly injured.  Canon Xuba the rector of St Peter’s Church in Butterworth in the Diocese of Mbhashe, died at the scene.

Mrs. Xuba’s relationship to the accused killer has not been revealed by the police at this state.  Butterworth police spokesman, Captain Jackson Manatha stated:  “After their arrest on Friday last week they were detained by police until they appeared in court yesterday. They made a brief court appearance and are expected back in court next week for a formal bail application.

“Both are charged with the murder of Xuba,” Captain Manatha said.

Bishop Elliot Williams of the Diocese of Mbhashe told reporters he was profoundly saddened by the murder and the news of Mrs. Xuba’s arrest as “terrible”.

The accused are scheduled to appear before the Butterworth magistrate court this week to answer the charges of murder and conspiracy.

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