Mpumalanga men convicted of farm murder

2014-07-07 23:13
(Shutterstock)

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nelspruit - One of two men was convicted of murdering a 90-year-old man, while both were convicted of armed robbery by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.

A Sapa correspondent reported that Joseph Mashaba, 18, and Thapelo Shongwe, 23, were convicted of murdering Judas Cabanga on a farm in Kaapmuiden near Malalane in September 2011.

The two had pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.

Magistrate Shelly Msibi told the court: "The deceased was attacked on 14 September 2011 and the victim died of his injuries on 26 September."

Shongwe was found guilty on both counts, while she found Mashaba guilty of armed robbery only.

Cabanga at the time was looking after young children at the farmhouse. He was hacked by Shongwe in front of a two-year-old boy and robbed of mielie meal and DVDs.

Prosecutor Michael Mazibuko said according to the evidence, it was clear Cabanga took care of the children while others were at work.

He said the deceased's house was in a secluded area and surrounded by a sugar cane field.

"The accused came from behind the house and it was a well-planned robbery. One of the children, a two-year-old, was found right at the scene, meaning it happened in his presence," Mazibuko said.

"Shongwe showed no regard for human life. In his early 20s, he should have pushed the deceased aside and took what he wanted, not to kill him."

He sought a life sentence for Shongwe, and 15 years each for both men for armed robbery.

The case was postponed to 30 July for sentencing.

- SAPA
Read more on:    mbombela  |  farm murders  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.