Cape killer gets life sentences

2012-09-20 18:28

Cape Town - A man was sentenced to six life terms on Thursday for killing six people in Khayelitsha and injuring two others, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Phindile Mhlobo, 23, was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on 15 charges, including murder, attempted murder and robbery.

"The man terrorised the residents of Khayelitsha for more than a year, and today, Judge John Hlophe put a lid on his activities."

On 28 November 2010, Mhlobo shot a man dead and injured his friend while the two were sitting in a stationary vehicle in Town Two.

In the next year, between August and September, Mhlobo and his friend Jabu Ndyebo used firearms to commit a series of robberies.

Mhlobo eventually shot his accomplice dead in their final robbery in Kuyasa, on the morning of 21 September 2011.

According to the summary of facts document, Mhlobo shot himself in the shoulder that afternoon and handed his gun to a man.

He told the man to bury the firearm in a hole with another firearm he had earlier been given.

Mhlobo was arrested the same day and police recovered the firearms two days later.

The NPA said it was happy with the sentence.

Ntabazalila said communities needed to work with the NPA more to stop criminals holding them at ransom.

"Surely somebody within Khayelitsha knew about Mhlobo and the pain he was causing to the residents of that community.

Somebody knew that this young man had an unlicensed firearm and was committing serious crimes."

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