Man sentenced to 25 years for role in murder

2011-05-30 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG Judge Yvonne Mbatha sentenced a 20-year-old Woodlands man, Ntuthuko Majola, to an effective 25 years’ imprisonment on Friday.

Majola was given the sentence for his role in the murder of a domestic worker. She was strangled to death in her employer’s home in Pelham that he and accomplices had invaded and robbed.

The high court found that the murder victim, Kanyisa Pamela Mabungane, was killed because she was able to identify one of the gang members, a woman named Phumzile Radebe, who had befriended her.

Judge Mbatha found there were compelling and substantial circumstances which entitled the court to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

These were that Majola was 18 years old at the time of the incident, which occurred on March 2, 2010, and that he had been under the influence of his older accomplices at the time.

Majola pleaded guilty earlier this month to the robbery with aggravating circumstances of Mabungane as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances of another domestic worker, Margaret Mbambo, at a house in Massey Road, Bisley, on February 2, 2010.

The robbers stole various items from the houses, including jewellery, a firearm, ammunition and clothing.

According to the indictment, Radebe, who knew both victims, suggested to Majola and their accomplices that they should rob the houses, pointing them out to Majola and another man, Jabulani Ngubo.

On the day that Mabungane was killed Radebe first checked to see that she was alone in the house before signalling the two men to enter.

When they did so they pretended not to know Radebe and asked for water.

However Mabungane suspected Radebe of involvment and “indicated her suspicion”.

When she tried to escape a struggle ensued and she was overpowered. She was taken to a bedroom and strangled.

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