Life in jail for murder of taxi boss

2013-07-16 00:00

A MEMBER of a policing forum was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of prominent Imbali taxi owner Johannes Lindokuhle “Ndo” Tshoba.

Tshoba was gunned down in front of his wife and son at their home in Unit J on May 10, 2011.

His wife Ntombenhle Ndlovu, who was also shot in the attack, died later in hospital as a result of a gunshot wound to her chest.

Their 11-year-old son was in the yard at the time of the attack.

Kwenza Promise Gwala and a member of the community policing forum in kwaPata, Lindelani Mathonsi, were sentenced yesterday while their co-accused Stanley Bongani “Jesus” Mkhize is still at large after he absconded while out on bail.

Mkhize is alleged to have masterminded the plan, after allegations that Tshoba had an affair with his wife.

Handing down sentence, Judge David Ntshangase said the accused had ample time to withdraw from their plan to kill Tshoba.

The first time they tried to murder Tshoba, they were disturbed by a group of sangomas who were at the gate of Tshoba’s home.

As churchgoers themselves, they decided to withdraw on that occasion, in April.

On their second attempt, they found that Tshoba was celebrating with friends and they couldn’t kill him. The judge said that on both these occasions, unknown to Tshoba, there was a plan to take his life and that of his wife.

The hitmen were to receive payment in the form of a Mazda 323 Sting.

The judge said the payment of a car showed how cheap the life of a person was these days.

He sentenced both men to life imprisonment for the murder of Tshoba.

Mathonsi was also sentenced to 25 years for the murder of Ndlovu as the judge said even though they did not plan to kill her, Mathonsi had decided to kill her on the day.

Police are still searching for Mkhize, who was out on bail in this case.

Anyone with information regarding Mkhize’s whereabouts should call Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit detectives Warrant Officer Willem de Wet at 082 556 1378 or Warrant Officer Moses Gasa at 071 481 3446.

A reward of R20 000 is offered to any­one with information that leads to his arrest and prosecution.

Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stop at 08600 10111.



Photo: mlondi radebe

Kwenza Promise Gwala and Lindelani Mathonsi were sentenced to life in prison yesterday.

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