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3 jailed for life for Cape farm murder

2012-09-20 20:32

Cape Town - Three men were jailed for life on Thursday for the murder of Stellenbosch grape farmer Alberto Costa, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the sentence was handed down to Mfundiso Yese, Simamkele Mralaza and Cedrick Vusumzi Mphakathi by the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

They were convicted last week of shooting dead Costa on his veranda at the Cloetesdal Farm on 18 November 2011.

Costa and his wife Zelda were woken by a silent alarm that morning and the farmer went to investigate.

He returned to the bedroom and took his shotgun from the safe, telling his wife there were intruders.

His wife heard shouting, followed by gunshots. She found his body lying on the patio, with multiple gunshots to the neck and torso.
Ntabazalila said the men had been linked to the scene by forensic evidence.

Yese's fingerprint was found on a knife at the scene and Mralaza's blood was found on an outside wall.

Mphakathi's girlfriend testified that he had told her he was at the farm with the men on that night. She was found to be a credible witness.

A fourth accused Vizicelo Madolo entered into a plea bargain and was also found to be a credible witness. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

The court found the accused planned the crime and acted in a common purpose.

According to Ntabazalila, Judge Andre le Grange said on Thursday that the accused did not show remorse or take responsibility for their actions.

Comments
  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-09-20 20:55

    south africa iz a good country where everyone have rights but i think our government should go back look again and transform new rights cause crime rate in our country iz to high cause our jail are like paradise prisioners treated like patient at zimbzmbwe if thnk abt crime u think twice cause inside the jail iz though and hard criminal must get what they deserve we must stop treat them specially

  • jock.black.50 - 2012-09-20 23:00

    "the accused did not show remorse or take responsibility for their actions" Its understandable because remorse, accountability etc. are higher-level emotions/actions not found in animals, only in intelligent human beings. We've seen this so much in SA, sick!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-21 07:50

      "Its understandable because remorse, accountability etc. are higher-level emotions/actions not found in animals, only in intelligent human being" This statement also applies to the animals that killed Steve Biko and plenty of otherAfricans that were killed for no reason by the apartheid regime.

  • Cyberafrica - 2012-09-21 07:11

    The perpertrators are jailed for life, but how will this ever repair taking away a good solid citizen, a sincere humble friend, husband,employer & father? Alberto, who has had a close circle of friends, whom we have known since school in Stellebosch,army,, university and thereafter.Our male group of friends are approx. 45 years old now,we are also fathers,and rearing children in this wretched crime ridden country. What is in store for our kids?South Africa needs more punitive measures to curb this utterly senseless spate of crime. I recently lived and worked in Nigeria for over 2 years, and clearly noticed, due to the governments punitive crime laws and enforcement, theie people are God fearing, and respect the law there, and do not haphazardly murder and do crime for no reason.(They dont even smoke cigarettes publicly!) But some of the crime ridden individuals (not generalizing, as have good friends in Nigeria) are allowed by our government & constitution to live and carry out dubious crimes in SA, and all they do is wreak criminal havoc. Why? Our governnent and constitution allows it! R.O.P Alberto, we, your compassionate friends, will carry the moral flag for you our dear friend.

  • Doep100 - 2012-09-21 07:25

    So they'll be out in 3 years...

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