'Hitman’ gets five years for blackmail

2011-10-05 00:00

A MAN was recently sentenced in the Port Shepstone Regional Court to five years in prison for extortion.

Sipho Dlamini (36) was found guilty before Judge Johan Bes-ter.

Dlamini posed as a hitman named “Ben” and told local businesswoman Vanessa Cele that her husband, Bonga, had hired him to kill her.

He claimed that Bonga was to pay him R150 000 for the job.

Dlamini told Vanessa that he had planned to shoot her on a specific Saturday, but was unable to perform the task.

He knew of her whereabouts and all the places she had visi­ted on the day.

Dlamini also mentioned a close friend of Bonga who was shot a few months before Dlamini contacted Vanessa.

He said the victim’s husband had hired him to shoot her.

Dlamini told Vanessa that he would not kill her, but would kill her husband if she instead gave him R150 000.

He said he could arrange muthi for Vanessa to stop Bonga from wanting to kill her at the cost of R55 000.

Cele confronted her husband, who said he knew nothing about the hitman.

The couple proceeded to the Port Shepstone organised crime unit to report the matter.

After a thorough investigation, Cele was advised to meet the man at a restaurant in Port Shepstone, where they would exchange money for the muti.

In the meantime, police were lying in wait and nabbed Dlamini in the act.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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