Cop killer (21) gets life

2007-11-23 00:00

In submissions to high court judge Jan Hugo, state advocate, Candy Kander, said recent statistics released by the SA Institute for Race Relations showed there was a 64% increase in the number of deaths of policemen between 1995 and 2005. The number of policemen killed over that period was 1 894. She also submitted that the killing had been cold-blooded in that the victim, Constable Moses Thokozani Mtshali, was shot twice.

Mbuyisela Adolphus Ndlovu pleaded guilty to and was convicted of the robbery with aggravating circumstances of Omar Shaikjee at Saffiyya Superette in Northdale on September 19, the murder of Constable Mtshali, theft of the policeman’s 9 mm service pistol and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Sentencing Ndlovu (21) of Woodlands, Judge Hugo said regrettably it was people in his age group or in the high teens who more often than not committed these types of offences. He said the comparative youthfulness of the offenders was therefore “no longer a valid excuse”.

In a statement to court Ndlovu said he had been approached on the day in question by a certain “Ntibane” who asked his help to rob a store in Northdale and had given him a pistol. After holding up the store and fleeing with R1 200, they had been pursued by a security guard and police.

Ndlovu said he was remorseful and had co-operated with the police and made a confession to a magistrate.

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