Killer wife, hitmen get long sentences
Middelburg - A former Mpumalanga teacher convicted of hiring hitmen to kill her estranged husband is expected to spend the next 25 years in prison.
Adelaide Hlongwane, 46, was sentenced along with five accomplices when they appeared in the Middelburg circuit of the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.
They were charged following the December 2007 murder of Shihlangoma Solomon Hlongwane, a businessman who owned Solly's Tavern in Doornkop.
Hlongwane was assaulted and then his tongue was wrenched out of his mouth, suffocating him.
His house was ransacked and he was robbed of cigarettes alcohol and his safe.
His bakkie was used to transport all the stolen items.
"A team of five men was hired and shown where the victim was staying. They were paid a total of R45 000 for the job. The men then assaulted the victim and forced him to open his mouth, tightly tied his tongue with a string and pulled it out until he died," provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Leonard Hlathi told African Eye News Service on Wednesday.
Hlathi said initially nine people were arrested and charged.
He said Hlongwane confessed that she and a traditional healer, Malawian national Abdul Proud Khandazi, 31, hired seven assassins from Tafelkop near Groblersdal to kill her husband.
One of them turned state witness and was never prosecuted.
The others are Abraham Shongwe, 31, Samuel Madimetsa, 32, Stanley Magoba, 28, Rammy Mohlala, 35, Thabang Mancane Mokoena, 34, and Sparks Makola, 30.
"One of the seven suspects, Sparks Makola, died during the trial while Thabang Mancane Mokoena, 34, was acquitted by the court," said Hlathi.
Hlathi said Hlongwane was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder. Khandazi, Madimetsa and Magoba were sentenced to 30 years each on charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Shongwe was sentenced to eight years for robbery while Mohlala was sentenced to two years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.