Avumile Mbuyiseli Nodongwe has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

A man indentified as Avumile Mbuyiseli who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend dead in front of her colleagues at the school where she was working, during women’s month has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by Mthatha regional court.

It was reported that the deceased, Noloyiso Gqeba, was at a school where she worked as a cleaner, when Mbuyiseli Nodongwe, who was in a relationship with her, arrived and shot her with a firearm. Noloyiso, aged 35, died at the scene,” said police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana.

“The incident left co-workers shattered as they witnessed tragic scenes of the cold-blooded murder of the woman and escaping of the suspect from the scene of crime.

Police had searched for him in the mountains and Gqogqorha forests where he was believed to have been hiding. He eventually handed himself in at the Mthatha central police station.

Police commissioner Lt-Gen Liziwe Ntshinga welcomed the sentence, saying it would serve as a lesson and deterrent to would-be perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide.

People praised the detectives who worked on the case, saying they ensured that justice was meted out speedily.