R150 for killing a man

2014-06-25 00:00

A 19-YEAR-OLD pupil told a Pietermaritzburg court yesterday how much he got for his role in killing a man — R150.

The pupil, Sphamandla Mkhize, pleaded guilty in the high court yesterday to the murder and robbery of a security guard at his school in Mid-Illovo in the Midlands last month, and revealed that his “cut” of the proceeds was only R150.

“I spent R50 on alcohol and gave the rest of the money to my mother who was unemployed,” Mkhize said in a statement read into the court record by his advocate, Zina Anastasiou.

The case was postponed to August 8 for pre-sentencing reports to be obtained before Mkhize is sentenced.

He said in his statement before Judge Jerome Mnguni and an assessor that he was deeply remorseful for his actions and wished he had never listened to his uncle or agreed to participate in the crimes.

However, he said he accepted responsibility and was willing to testify against his co-perpetrators if requested to do so by the state.

He said his uncle, Shumi Mhize, had told him and his older cousin, Sthabiso Xaba, on May 14 that they should go to his school, Mandlanyoka High School, to rob the security guard, Mbokodo Nene (65).

Both of them agreed to participate.

Mkhize said his uncle gave him a bush knife and Xaba took a firearm that was not loaded with any ammunition.

They went to the school and arrived in darkness.

“Mkhize [his uncle] pointed out where the deceased was and Xaba knocked on the door. The deceased opened the door. He was armed with a knobkierrie and a sharpened iron that looked like a short spear.

“Mkhize grabbed the deceased and they both fell to the ground struggling. The deceased stood up and Xaba stabbed him. I grabbed the weapons which the deceased dropped.”

Mkhize said his uncle demanded money and ordered him and Xaba to take the security guard to his rondavel where he kept the money.

His uncle had tied the guard’s hands with shoelaces.

“The deceased resisted and was struggling and Xaba stabbed the deceased again. I did not see how many times he was stabbed.”

He said he had taken out his cellphone and used the light to look at Nene.

“It looked like he had died,” he said.

He said they had found R1 400 which they took.

The next day, the money was shared between them.

However, his uncle said he would only give him R150 because he “didn’t deliver like Xaba did as Xaba had assisted in restraining the deceased”.

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