Taxi murder: third man owns up, jailed 24 years

2011-05-10 00:00

A THIRD man implicated in the murder of a Newcastle taxi driver pleaded guilty and was jailed for an effective 24 years by the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Cyprian Simphiwe Mdakane (22) was the third member of a gang who overpowered taxi driver Francis Msimango, strangled him and threw his body in a toilet near Nkandla, 400 km from his Newcastle home. His distraught family did not know for a month what had happened to him.

Mdakane was sentenced concurrently to 24 years for the murder and 12 years for the aggravated robbery of the taxi after acting Judge Yvonne Gcaba found substantial and compelling circumstances justifying less severe punishment.

The circumstantial factors are that Mdakane is young and a first-time offender. He also pleaded guilty and said he is prepared to testify for the state against a man who has indicated he itends to plead not guilty.

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.