Sayed’s killers get two life terms each

2010-06-16 00:00

HIGH court Judge Mohini Murugasen yesterday imposed two life sentences plus 15 years’ imprisonment on each of three men who took part in the robbery and murder of prominent Greytown businessman Mohamed Sayed at his home on June 1 last year.

The two life sentences were imposed on Mondli Zuma (29), Sifiso Mazibuko (33) and Thokozani Mzila (37) for the murder of Sayed and of one of their own gang members, Mandla Majola, who died in a gun fight after Sayed opened fire on his attackers.

The judge sentenced the men to 15 years’ imprisonment each for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

She ruled that there were no compelling or substantial circumstances that would justify less than the minimum sentences prescribed by the legislature for these crimes.

Mazibuko — who was convicted of two additional charges arising from the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition — was sentenced to 10 years’ and two years’ imprisonment respectively on those charges.

The judge said there was a “clear dearth of mitigating factors and numerous aggravating factors” in the case.

She agreed with submissions by state advocate Nqobile Maphalala that each of the three accused had played a “significant and crucial role” in the commission of the crimes.

The assailants had shown Sayed no mercy during the incident and he had lost his life for the “mere greed for money”, she said.

The judge found it was aggravating that the crimes did not happen on the spur of the moment, but after careful planning, as well as the fact that all three accused had been gainfully employed at the time and were motivated by greed.

The court was told Zuma was a self-employed plumber, Mazibuko was also self-employed and a co-owner of a construction company and Mzila was a security guard. He had been employed at the Sayed residence.

Another aggravating feature highlighted by the judge was the pretence used by the robbers that they were policemen to gain entry to the property.

Majola had been dressed in full police uniform.

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