Ex-Bucs player sentenced to 10 years

2011-06-09 07:58

Former Orlando Pirates player, Mandla “Metroblitz” Sithole, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the Roodepoort Regional Court for murdering his neighbour, the Sowetan reported today.

The court ordered yesterday that he should serve eight years before being considered for parole, the newspaper reported.

Magistrate John Baloyi said Sithole murdered Thulani Ndlovu, 31, despite his plea to the soccer player not to hurt him.

“He pleaded ’Ta Mindlo, please don’t do that’, but the accused went on and stabbed him,” Baloyi said.

Ndlovu was killed on May 24, 2009 after he told Sithole he did not have the R100 he owed him.

“The stabbing can’t be an accident because the deceased was walking away. The deceased was at the prime of his life when he was killed for nothing. What is R100 to take away someone else’s life,” Baloyi said.

Sithole’s lawyer, Jurg Huysamen, applied for leave to appeal. He argued that Sithole did not have a fair trial because the magistrate kept intervening during interpretation.

The case was postponed to June 30 for the State to reply to the appeal, the Sowetan reported.

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