Ex-mayor to be sentenced

2012-07-17 07:04

The Rustenburg High Court will begin sentencing procedures today in the trial of former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans and his former bodyguard following their murder conviction.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks found Wolmarans and Enoch Mtshaba guilty yesterday of killing local councillor Moss Phakoe.

Phakoe was shot dead outside his home in Rustenburg north on March 14 2009.

Hendricks withdrew charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, finding that he State could not prove this beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The State did prove beyond reasonable doubt that the two accused planned to kill the deceased,” Hendricks said.

He said the relationship between Matshaba, Wolmarans and Phakoe soured after Phakoe accused Wolmarans of corruption.

“Accused one [Matshaba] and accused two [Wolmarans] and two other people [Amos Mataboge and Oupa Mphomane] hatched a pot to kill the deceased,” said Hendricks.

Mataboge and Mphomane were discharged when the trial began.

Matshaba and Wolmarans are in custody at the Rustenburg prison.

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