Priest’s wife appears for murder of her husband

The wife of a murdered priest from Butterworth, along with a male accomplice, appeared briefly in the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Police spokesman, Captain Jackson Manatha, said Reverend Ongama Hlubi Xuba’s widow Lungiswa Xuba and Vuyo Mehlo appeared briefly, but were not asked to plead.

Their case was postponed until next Wednesday, when they would apply for bail.

“The court was full, being attended by family members, church members and reverends,” Manatha said.

The priest was found stabbed to death at his home at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Butterworth on August 3.

The two were arrested on August 24.

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