Justice for slain policeman

2017-02-15 06:01
Nonfazwe Fokazi, who had raised slain police officer Mbuyiselo Concoshi.  Photo: Teboho Setena

Nonfazwe Fokazi, who had raised slain police officer Mbuyiselo Concoshi. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Nomalanga Paulinah Concoshi (34) has been granted leave to appeal her conviction and sentence for the murder of her husband, Const. Mbuyiselo James Concoshi.

The Virginia High Court convicted and sentenced her to 25 years imprisonment after finding her guilty of murdering her spouse in Welkom last year in January.

The court wrapped up the ten-day murder trial of Concoshi on Friday (10/02) after the successful prosecution of Nomalanga and her three accomplices, Papiki Jack Mateise (32), Bassie Ndude (27) and Kopano Samuel Moja-naga (20).

The murder trial began with a ­pre-trial hearing in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court in January 2016.

Nomalanga was sentenced alongside her three male accomplices despite flatly denying the killing of Concoshi, who had been attached to the Welkom Police Crime Prevention Unit.

Mateise, previously convicted and sentenced for robbery and attempted murder, will serve a life sentence in prison.

Ndude will serve 28 years imprisonment. The court found the two men guilty of theft and sentenced each to three years for the crime.

Mojanaga will serve 15 years in prison instead of 20 years, after ­pleading guilty to the charge of murder and theft of items belonging to the deceased.

The victim’s phone was found in Mojanaga’s ­possession, while his clothes were discovered at Ndude’s place.

Repeat offender Mateise had been out on parole.

Capt. Philani Nkwalase, the Hawks spokesperson, said Mojanaga saved the court’s time by pleading guilty to the murder on 31 January.

“He was subsequently sentenced to three years imprisonment for theft and 20 years imprisonment for murder, of which five years was ­suspended for five years. Both his sentences will run concurrently,” he said.

Investigations revealed that Concoshi was killed in his bed in January 2016 shortly after Nomalanga had discovered that he was planning to meet his attorney to begin divorce proceedings.

He said the four assailants overpo-wered Concoshi and strangled him.

Nkwalase said the murderers drove the victim’s body in his car to the M4 Road near Riebeeckstad in Welkom.

His body was found stripped ­half-naked and had marks on the neck and severe wounds below the ear.

The culprits were all arrested by the Hawks within days after the murder of the policeman.

Concoshi’s family has expressed shock that Nomalanga was involved in plotting her husband’s gory murder.

Nonfazwe Fokazi, who had raised the victim, said she could not believe the news about the killing as she and Concoshi had spoken over the phone a day before.

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