Two Lwandle men are sentenced for murders

2019-01-31 06:21

The sterling detective work of Constable Alfred Giyama has paid off after two men were found guilty and sentenced to time behind bars for murder.

His investigative prowess has reaped praise from both Lwandle Police Station commander Lieutenant Colonel Xolani Williams and detective branch commander Captain Stella Madzidzela. They congratulated Giyama for his hard work and commitment to solving the cases and bringing the criminals to book.

In the first incident, Lihle Hlwathi (24) was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in the Strand Magistrate’s Court for a murder committed in Asanda Village in August 2016.

The Lwandle man was found guilty of the fatal stabbing of his friend on Monday 7 January.

The friend was walking home on 28 August 2016 at 04:00, when Hlwathi attacked him in Magatya Street. He was stabbed in the left shoulder, collapsed and died on the scene.

The murder was investigated by Giyama, who arrested Hlwathi shortly after the incident.

He appeared in court several times, was found guilty and sentenced earlier this month.

The second successful prosecution saw a 19-year-old Lwandle man sentenced to 12 years behind bars last November.

Thapelo Mokhothu was found guilty of the murder of an Asanda Village man on Christmas Day 2016. He attempted to rob the deceased in Solomon Drive at 22:00, produced a knife and stabbed the man in the chest.

The victim collapsed and died on the scene. Police found him lying there in a pool of blood.

Giyama managed to arrest Mokhothu for the murder and he appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court several times.

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