April 02, 2024

Gospel singer shot and killed by husband at church

Funi Mbedzi was allegedly killed bybher husband in church on Saturday
Photo:Worship House

One of Worship House lead singer Funanani Mbedzi was allegedly killed by her husband at church on Saturday. According to the police, the suspect entered the church in Makonde Shadani village, outside Thohoyandou, around 6pm while the congregation was engaged in worship and fired multiple shots at his wife and she died on the scene.


Limpopo SAPS spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said after the gruesome murder of his wife, the 53-year-old suspect then fled the scene in a silver-grey car. "While the motive behind this appalling incident remains unclear, domestic violence cannot be ruled out. The man handed himself over to the police yesterday after being on the run for two days." During his arrest, his licensed firearm believed to have been used to commit the crime was confiscated.


Mbedzi joined the Limpopo award-winning gospel group in 2004 and she is featured in their latest album Worship House Project 20 on the song Ori dekela tafula. In a short statement, Worship House confirmed the singer's passing. "It is with heavy hearts that one of our lead singer has passed away. Funi 'Khavhanndwele' Mbedzi started with Worship House since Project 2. She will be dearly missed. We will share more info regarding her burial soon." 

Meanwhile, the police in Bolobedu arrested a 29-year-old female suspect for the alleged fatal stabbing of her 34-year-old boyfriend, Tumelu Makwala, at his house in Sehlakong section of Mabosana village on Friday. According to police reports, the suspect contacted her boyfriend's mother telling her about her son's death after a heated argument which resulted in her stabbing him with a knife. Makwala was pronounced dead on the scene and the girlfriend will appear in court today on a charge of murder.The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, strongly condemned the violent incident and urged couples facing domestic challenges to seek professional support rather than resorting to violence.

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