Career criminal to serve life for murder

2009-10-29 00:00

THE gunman who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed ANC Ematimatolo secretary Mosquito Mzila, during an armed robbery at his home at Nthembisweni area on March 22, 2006, was yesterday jailed for life by high court Judge Pete Koen in Pietermaritzburg.

Thokozani Ntuli (28), who was found by the court to be a danger to society having embarked “on a career in crime”, was sentenced to a further 15 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances in connection with the incident.

His co-accused and younger brother, Sabelo Ntuli (19), was sentenced to undergo 18 years impri­sonment for Mzila’s murder and 12 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

A third accused in the case — Sabelo Zondi (22) — was murdered prior to the completion of the trial.

Passing sentence on the killers yesterday, Judge Koen described the murder as heinous, more so because Mzila was attacked in the safety of his home.

He said he had opened the door late in the evening for the assailants because he knew them. He was shot in the head.

The judge said offences like this are becoming too prevalent.

“Society is sick and tired of offenders like the accused. They’re a cancer in society,” he said.

He found that the younger Ntuli was under the influence of his olde­r brother, who had a number of previous convictions for offences, including robbery and rape.

The court found that the attack on Mzila was motivated by greed.

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