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newsNews24 reports that the nurse accused of killing her domestic worker for R6-million in insurance policy payouts denied in court during on Wednesday that she had committed the crime.

Sithembile Xulu, 48, who is employed as a nurse at a hospital in Alberton, claimed she didn't participate in the murder of Busiswa Nxumalo, 21, two years ago. Testifying during her bail application in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court, Xulu stated: "I didn't break any law … I will plead not guilty because I don't know these charges and didn't commit any offence." Xulu and her gardener, Simon Mogale, 37, face charges of murder, three counts of fraud, and a count of defeating the ends of justice. Xulu told the court that she was a widow and resided in Vosloorus. She said she had lived in the area for six years and been working at the hospital for eight years. "My salary depends on overtime, weekends, and holidays. I earn between R18,000 and R19,000 after deductions. I spend my salary on my children, house bond, municipal utilities, and look after my two younger sisters,” Xulu indicated. She said was expected to report for duty on Monday. "My job at the hospital is still safe. I was on leave when I was arrested. Today [Wednesday], I [was] supposed to return to work for night duty. My sister had contacted the hospital which confirmed that I am still employed,” Xulu told the court. Nxumalo was murdered in January 2022, a few months after working at Xulu's home in Lenasia South as a domestic worker. The nurse allegedly started spreading rumours Nxumalo was disobedient, and she apparently falsely and repeatedly reported her missing at the local police station. The hearing continues on 10 July.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ntwaagae Seleka at News24
  • Read too, Police investigating nurse accused of insurance scam murder, over husband's 2020 killing, at News24 (subscriber access only)

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