Gangsters sentenced

2015-06-10 06:01
THE Zaota gang members make different hand gestures after being sentenced, while escorted by police Const. Tumo Mazibuko. The gang members, in sequence (from front to back), are Lebohang Mothibedi, Mathata Radebe, Bongani Mangxola, Teboho Malobehla a

THE Zaota gang members make different hand gestures after being sentenced, while escorted by police Const. Tumo Mazibuko. The gang members, in sequence (from front to back), are Lebohang Mothibedi, Mathata Radebe, Bongani Mangxola, Teboho Malobehla a

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THE Virginia High Court has convicted and sentenced five gang members to hefty prison terms, which include a life sentence, for a brutal gang-related murder.

The men, who are members of the Zaota gang in Thabong, Welkom, are Lebohang “Makanda” Mothibedi (28), Mathata Radebe (28), Bongani Mangxola (26), Wonder Moholi Moeketsi (25) and Teboho Malobehla (25).

The court found the five gang members guilty of murdering ex-gang member ­Malefetsane Shadrack Mbena.

The five men viciously attacked Mbena, stabbing him several times on the ill-fated night of 29 March 2014.

The brutal murder followed a clash at a local tavern involving the deceased and former gang members.

The court heard the deceased had been killed for renegading on the Zaota gang to join the rival IJP gang in Thabong.

The body of the deceased was discovered on the morning of 30 March 2014 in an open veld next to Erfdeel Road, near the Masimong Mine.

The court convicted and sentenced Mothibedi to life imprisonment.

The trio of Radebe, Mangxola and Moeketsi received 22-year prison terms each, while the fifth ­co-accused, Malobehla, received a lesser sentence of three years in jail.

The conviction and sentencing ended a year-long court trial, which started in March 2014 after the arrest.

In handing down judgement, Magistrate Corné van Zyl said the first accused, Mothibedi, was the eldest of the group and had been supposed to advise the younger ones not to commit such an atrocious and evil act.

She further pointed out that, given the cruelty he applied by decapitating the deceased, it would be unjust not to convict and sentence Mothibedi to life imprisonment

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