3 men, including 2 KZN councillors, get life for hit on community activist

2016-05-20 20:16
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Durban – Three men, including two KwaZulu-Natal councilors from the ANC, were on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment in the Durban High Court for murdering a community activist in 2014, the KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority said.

KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said Mlungisi Siphesihle Ndlovu, 31, Mduduzi Ngcobo, 52, and Velile Lutsheku, 57, were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Ndlovu received an additional 12 years imprisonment for attempted murder.

Kara said Thulisile Maureen Ndlovu, who was a member of Abahlahi baseMjondolo, a civil rights organisation, was killed in September 2014 in Thokoza, near Pinetown.

Kara said Ngcobo was a ward councillor and Lutsheku was a public relations councillor for the same ward.

Ngcobo and Lutsheku had a tense relationship with Thulisile Maureen Ndlovu over the allocation of RDP houses in the area, said Kara.

"The deceased and her supporters demanded that houses built in Thokoza be given to the Thokoza residents first, before people from other areas were considered. The accused did not agree with her."

Kara said Ngcobo and Lutsheku had conspired to kill Thulisile Maureen Ndlovu and had procured the services of accused number one, Ndlovu, for R15 000.

"On the day of the incident, Ndlovu went to the deceased’s home and shot her several times. The complainant in the attempted murder charge, Siphesihle Madlala, who was a tutor to the deceased’s daughter, was also in the house and was shot."

State advocate Krishen Shah told the court that killings of this nature were becoming prevalent in communities and that the court should send out the necessary deterrent message.

Kara said the men’s application for leave to appeal their conviction and sentence was dismissed.

Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, advocate Moipone Noko, said: "We welcome the sentence and conviction. This is a perfect example that the courts will not condone violence. Murder is not the solution to solving disputes of this nature."

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