Man gets 16 years for stoning

2015-07-30 08:16


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A 25-YEAR-OLD man who admitted that he helped two companions to stone a man to death and rob him of his car, has been jailed effectively for 16 years by a high court judge.

Makhosonke Xaba pleaded guilty to robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder of Sibusiso Mazibuko (20) in Estcourt on May 21 last year.

The incident occurred when Xaba and two other men (Sandile Sithole and Thato Ramuno, who are being tried separately) were travelling in Mazibuko’s car, and it was decided to rob him, according to the evidence.

Xaba said in his plea before Judge Phillip Nkosi and an assessor that he had been under the influence of crack cocaine at the time, but said he could remember everything that took place that day clearly.

He said he fell asleep whilst they were driving and woke up to find Sithole at the wheel. Sithole had been arguing with Mazibuko, but the argument ended with Mazibuko apologising.

Soon afterwards they stopped near Colsenso and alighted.

Xaba said Sithole took an iron rod and hit Mazibuko on the back of his head with it.

He (Xaba) and Ramuno then also hit him with clenched fists.

Afterwards they put Mazibuko into the back seat and drove to Estcourt. After alighting there they began hitting him again, and after he fell down, they stoned him.

They then drove off with his vehicle, leaving him lying there. They were arrested in the car the next day.

Xaba admitted that he’d foreseen the possibility that Mazibuko would die as a result of the stoning.

Judge Nkosi told Xaba when sentencing him that his actions were “horrible”.

“Having been hit with an iron bar you took to smashing him [Mazibuko] to death with stones. You did not have to kill him in order to rob him,” said the judge.

He added that while the killing seemed senseless, he believed that Xaba and his accomplices intentionally finished Mazibuko off because one of Xaba’s co-accused allegedly knew him well.

The judge said this could not be countenanced by civilised society.

However, in Xaba’s case there were factors that he believed justified less than the “ultimate” sentences for the crimes.

These were that he was young, could be rehabilitated, had no previous convictions for violent crimes and had been under the influence of crack cocaine.

He said the drugs would have lowered Xaba’s inhibitions and self control even though he knew what he was doing

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