‘He must never leave prison’

2009-08-18 00:00

ACTING Judge Kobus Booyens, who yesterday imposed six life sentences and prison terms totalling 104 years on Sibusiso Derrick Duma (24) for a 2007 crime spree of murder, attempted murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping, said he intends that Duma should be permanently removed from society.

Duma is already serving two life sentences for the murders of former Witness journalist Elaine Anderson and Patricia Kippen of Pietermaritzburg, who were both shot dead in attempted hijacking incidents on the same night in 2007.

Duma, smartly-dressed in a white shirt and green waistcoat, stood rubbing his forehead with a pen while listening to the sentencing. Afterwards he inquired from the interpreter: “Is it finished?” before picking up the shackles around his feet and almost running downstairs to the cells.

“He clearly represents a threat to society, and I have no reason to think that he will ever not represent a threat to society,” the judge said, adding he hopes the Correctional Services Department will view the sentences as being sentences for the full term of Duma’s natural life.

Booyens said society in this country has been on the receiving end of crime and the “whims of criminals” like Duma, to the point where it is regarded as having one of the highest crime rates in the world. It is unfortunate that, not infrequently, criminals who commit heinous crimes get away undetected.

He said society is entitled to demand that the police and the legal system ensure that “these predators on society” are kept in a place where they represent no threat.

Duma was sentenced as follows:

For the murder of Education Department security guard Mqeku Zondi, whom he drove over at high speed in his taxi at Henley Dam before alighting to rob him of his firearm and wallet on September 9, 2007, he was sentenced to life imprisonment plus five years.

For the murder of Hlengiwe Shangase, who was shot in the head near her home at Georgetown on October 19, 2007, and who was found half-naked giving rise to the suspicion that she had been raped, Duma was sentenced to life impri­sonment.

On the same evening, Duma shot and killed Masizane Matshatsha and Thamsanqa Mbindwane as they stopped to visit a friend. He robbed them of Matshatsha’s maroon VW Polo and a cellphone. For each of the two murders Duma was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 20 years for the robbery of the vehicle.

For the kidnapping of Tsepo Mhlongo, Linda Jali and a 17-year-old schoolgirl a short while later, Booyens sentenced Duma to eight years’ imprisonment on each count. He said there was no doubt that Duma kidnapped the trio with the intention of harming them, as he had already committed three murders at that point.

For robbing them of their valuables, he was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, and for subsequently shooting and wounding both Mhlongo and Jali he was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on each of the two attempted murder counts.

Booyens said the two young men are fortunate to be “among the li­ving” today.

For the gang rape of the teenage girl at Azalea Cemetery soon afterwards, Duma was given life impri­sonment, and was also sentenced to 15 years in jail for attempting to kill her by driving over her with his car.

Duma’s final life sentence was for the murder of Hillcrest schooltea­cher Nxololo Happy Dlamini, who “innocently” boarded his taxi en route home on the evening of October 25, 2007. He said he found as a fact that Duma went to Durban that night with the intention of “looking for victims”.

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