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Zinhle Mabena’s arrest for hit on husband deemed ‘unlawful’

'Isibaya' actress Zinhle Mabena
'Isibaya' actress Zinhle Mabena / Instagram

By Tamlyn Canham

Isibaya’ star Zinhle Mabena is a free woman after being arrested for allegedly trying to kill her husband, Robert Ngwenya. 

The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court threw the case out on Wednesday due to a lack of evidence.

Mabena was arrested on Tuesday after police claimed they had evidence linking her to a hit on her husband’s life.

Ngwenya and his bodyguards were attacked at a petrol station in Centurion last month.

CCTV footage from the incident shows occupants of a bakkie pulling up next to his vehicle and opening fire.

The suspects were reportedly armed with AK47s. One of Ngwenya’s bodyguards sadly passed away in hospital.

Ngwenya had allegedly been receiving death threats before the incident.

Zinhle Mabena’s ‘unlawful’ arrest

Mabena’s team says she was unlawfully arrested and held at  Olievenhoutbosch Police Station. 

“I act on behalf of Zinhle and confirm that she was unlawfully taken into custody yesterday but is now a free woman after the NPA declined to place the matter on the roll, because of the preposterous nature of the allegations against our client,” her lawyer, Joshua Lazarus, said in a statement.

He added that “nothing plausible was provided to the authorities” that links Mabena to the shooting.

Read: Court rules Norma Mngoma’s arrest was unlawful

Divorce drama

Zinhle and her husband are currently going through a divorce. She has a protection order against him.

“All these mischievous allegations ironically come from her husband who she has recently filed a divorce against, and against whom our client has obtained an Interim Protection Order,” Lazarus said.

Ngwenya revealed in an Instagram post earlier this year that he is writing a book titled, ‘5 Years in Marriage: A chronicle of love, marriage and divorce’.

“It’s a journey starting from excited butterfly feelings in the stomach and slowly progressing into ugly fights and inevitable separation.

“It’s a personal analysis of marriage based experience and lessons that life has so carefully and slowly taught,” he wrote.

 

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Not the first hit on Ngwenya’s life

The January 2021 shooting was not the first attempt on Ngwenya’s life.

The businessman told Drum magazine in 2019 that someone opened fire on his car while he was waiting at a stop sign.

He quickly drove away but lost control of the vehicle, which rolled five times before landing in a ditch.

The gunmen followed him down the ditch and set his car alight. He said he played dead.

Motorists managed to pull him from the burning vehicle.

Main image credit: Instagram/@miss_zinhlemabena

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