Former Rustenburg mayor found guilty of murder

2012-07-16 13:44

Former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans and his former bodyguard, Enoch Mtshaba, have been found guilty of murder by the Rustenburg High Court.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks found Wolmarans and Mtshaba guilty of the murder of 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 against the two, saying the 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.

Outside the court Phakoe’s supporters danced. They wore red t-shirts with Phakoe’s face emblazoned on the front and the words “Judgement Day”.

On the back were the words “Hate me but don’t hurt me”.

Phakoe reportedly said this to Wolmarans after he handed a dossier detailing alleged corruption in the Rustenburg municipality to then co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.