Chief lied to healer to get him to kill two innocents

2008-08-28 00:00

A chief’s lies to a traditional healer that an innocent man murdered the healer’s brother led to the healer being jailed for 18 years yesterday.

The lies told to healer Edward Khanyile (59), a father of eight, led him to believe he was avenging his brother’s murder by killing an innocent couple.

Khanyile pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday to the murders of Mcford Sishi and his wife Buyisile Mkhwanazi, who were shot 13 times in their bed in Nkandla in October 2007.

Khanyile admitted that he and chief Busani Khanyile shot the Sishis. Busani had lied to him, saying that Sishi had murdered his brother. However, Busani had killed the brother and wanted Sishi dead, because he knew the truth.

Busani has been arrested, and Khanyile has agreed to co-operate in his prosecution.

Khanyile admitted to his role in the Sishi murders. “Before reaching their homestead, I saw Busani had a firearm. He said he was going to shoot Sishi.

“I had my licensed firearm and I agreed to assist Busani. He told me to cover my firearm with a sock so that any shots I fired would not be traced back to me.

“Busani kicked down … doors. The Sishis lay on a bed. Busani shot at them until he ran out of ammunition and asked what I was waiting for and I fired several shots into the room.”

Acting Judge Hajro Vahed said Khanyile might have been grieving at the loss of his brother, but should have reported it to the police.

She said that it was regrettable that at his age and with an unblemished record he should be charged with these crimes.

However, she found substantial and compelling circumstances justifying deviation from the prescribed sentence of imprisonment for life for premeditated murder.

Khanyile showed remorse by pleading guilty, accepted responsibility for the killings, was a first offender and said he is willing to co-operate with the state.

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