Three found guilty of murdering Greytown businessman

2010-06-14 00:00

THREE men were found guilty by Judge Mohini Murugasen and two assessors on Thursday for the murder and robbery, with aggravating circumstan­ces, of prominent Greytown businessman Mohamed Sayed at his home on June 1 last year.

The trio, who are all from the Durban area, were also convicted of the murder of one of the robbers — Mandla Majola — who was shot during a gun fight with the victim and declared dead at hospital.

One accused, Sifiso Mazibuko, was found guilty of two additional charges of unlawful possession of a .32 revolver and ammunition.

When the gun was recovered by police, it was found to have Majola’s blood on it. The court ruled that by arming themselves with firearms, the accused must have foreseen that Majola (or any other member of the robber gang) might die if they encountered any resistance.

A fourth accused — Simphiwe Cebekhulu (35) — was acquitted at the end of the state’s case due to insufficient evidence.

The convicted men are Mondli Zuma (27) and Mazibuko (32), both self-employed businessmen, as well as a security guard, Thokozani Mzila (35), who was on duty at the Sayed residence. The court found he helped the robbers gain entry.

There the gang members demanded money and robbed Sayed and two employees, Nomusa Madonsela and Kwini Mbeje, at gunpoint. They stole a pair of diamond earrings, a lady’s gold wristwatch and three Nokia cellphones. Sayed opened fire on the robbers, who returned fire. Sayed died at the scene, while Majola and another robber were wounded.

Majola, who was still partly clothed in the police uniform he wore during the robbery, was declared dead at Addington Hospital.

The other wounded man was traced to R.K. Khan Hospital from where he absconded.

The court postponed sentencing in the case to allow Mzila time to consider whether he wants to give evidence in mitigation of sentence.

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