Cop killers jailed for a life behind bars

2015-12-10 06:00
From left to right in front row: Investigating Officer from Hawks Detective Warrant Officer Alfred Barker, Pumeza Kaka –the wife of the slain Constable Kaka, Ncediwe Ngcawuzele - the sister of the slain Sergeant. Ngcawuzele, State Prosecutor Advocate

From left to right in front row: Investigating Officer from Hawks Detective Warrant Officer Alfred Barker, Pumeza Kaka –the wife of the slain Constable Kaka, Ncediwe Ngcawuzele - the sister of the slain Sergeant. Ngcawuzele, State Prosecutor Advocate

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wo of the four men charged with the murders of two Nyanga police officers have been sentenced to life imprisonments.

Melikhaya Molefe and Anele Liwani were also found guilty of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, and the theft of a firearm. Thando Mdokwana and Anele Thala were sentenced to five years for theft of motor vehicle.

Constable Monwabisi Kaka and Sgt Sibongile Ngcawuzele were shot dead on 30 June 2014.

Family and friends said that the police officers’ murders had a devastating effect on the families. Before the start of sentencing on 3 December 2015, Phumza Kaka, sister of Const Kaka, asked permission from Judge Boet Smit to speak directly to the convicted killers.

She said: “I can see that you are still young and good-looking individuals, but let me tell you what you have done to me, my children and my entire family have caused so much hurt, distress and difficulties. “But I would like to do what my husband would have done to you as he was a Christian and a God-fearing man. “I will definitely forgive you with all my heart, so I therefore forgive you.”

Kaka was immediately followed by Ncediwe Ngcawuzele, who is the sister of the late Sergeant Ngcawuzele, who also asked permission to speak face-to=face with the killers of her brother. She said her elder brother was the breadwinner at home for his eight children. His 19-year-old daughter, she said, was struggling at school since the incident.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Rene Fick commended the investigation officers for their work well done and says: ”Criminals who viciously murder police officials do not go unpunished. The harsh convictions meted out to police murderers sends a message to the community that those who dare take the lives of police officials will face hefty sentences. They will be removed from society as they are a threat to our Constitution, which protects the lives of everyone in South Africa, including police officials.

We mourn the loss of our own, but will not be discouraged to arrest those involved in criminal activities. The motive behind the killing of police officials by the criminals is often to enable them to continue harassing society, and that will not be tolerated. We will not rest until those who take the lives of our colleagues and members of the public, are all behind bars.

Police officials should be encouraged by the fact that their good investigations lead to such harsh sentences. The message to all police killers is clear –we will find you and arrest you and ensure that you are sentenced to jail for a very long time. This message is also aimed internally at those corrupt police officials involved in or aiding others to kill police officials - you kill a police official, you kill the nation!”

Here is the photo of the following team officials and the family of the two Nyanga policemen .

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