Cousins get life terms for family murder

2011-09-29 09:20
Johannesburg - Two cousins were sentenced to five life terms each by the North West High Court on Wednesday for killing five family members, police said.

Mzwandile Mabazo, 34, and Sibongile Mabazo, 27, were arrested on December 26, 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi said.

The men killed businesswoman Mariam Khoza, 45, her three children and her brother-in-law at her home in Lethabong village, outside Brits, on Christmas Eve of the same year.

A relative found the bodies in the house on Christmas Day. The man had been shot in the right ear, while the other four were strangled.

Metsi said three other men who were also arrested had since been acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Police recovered a firearm believed to have been used in the murder, jewellery, clothes, cash and other valuables from the cousins.

The items were apparently stolen from Khoza's house.

Her Nissan Navara bakkie was found abandoned on the road outside Brits.

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