Busisiwe Ngubo, 36, was heavily pregnant when she was sadly killed on Monday morning, and her ex-boyfriend allegedly tried to force her to abort the child because he didn’t want children.
This is according to Ngubo’s aunt, who spoke with TimesLIVE on Friday as MEC for social development Nonhlanhla Khoza was visiting the family at their house in Ehlanzeni in the KwaZulu-Natal neighbourhood of Ubuhlebezwe.
In less than a week, Busisiwe was expected to give birth to male triplets.
Her aunt Palesa Ngubo said the expecting mother confided in her often and said that the couple’s three-year relationship wasn’t without problems.
In December, they almost split up but the deceased resolved to give the relationship another chance. The following month Ngubo discovered she was expecting.
“Theirs was not a healthy relationship. It was baffling why he did not want kids because he has other kids from his previous relationship,” said Palesa.
Busisiwe’s body was discovered by her colleague, The two had worked together on a community project in the rural area of Hlanzeni. The colleague alerted the neighbours who called the family.
She had been strangled to death.
Just hours before her demise, Ngubo was apparently summoned from her home by her estranged partner. In a WhatsApp voice message shared with Palesa by the deceased, she can be heard saying her boyfriend is picking her up. She also says he is early as he was only supposed to pick her up on Monday to take her to Christ the King Hospital.
“She always used to notify me about her plans just in case something happened to her,” said Palesa.
Palesa’s elder aunt, Promise Mbhele-Ngubo, said the family had been dealt a heavy blow.
“We have lost a pillar who was hardworking and a glue that held everyone together — an only girl [child]. With all the piecemeal jobs that she had held, our daughter had made a difference,” said Mbhele-Ngubo.