'Lover Murdered Priest over Money'

The Sowetan
September 8, 2010

THE man accused of killing Catholic priest Father Lionel Sham allegedly did it because he needed money to pay for his sick child.

Bongani Malgas, whom the state alleges had a sexual relationship with the priest, allegedly told his friend Samuel Dlamini that he was frustrated because the priest "owed him money and was refusing to pay him ".

"He said he worked for Sham as a gardener and he was refusing to pay him," Dlamini told the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

"Malgas said on the day Sham went missing, he had told him to come to the church but when he got there he still did not pay him. He said he was frustrated because his child was in hospital. He said he had a knife when he went to church."

Father Sham, 65, was allegedly kidnapped from his quarters at the Catholic Church in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, by Malgas and his brother-in-law Daniel Mpevu.

They robbed him of R15000, drove off with him and dumped him at De Deur. They then went on a drinking spree, and later got involved in an accident. Mpevu died and Malgas was arrested.

The trial continues.

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