Murderers sentenced to life

2015-08-19 06:00

FIVE members of the notorious Votos Logos (VL) gang in Thabong were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Virginia Circuit Court on Thursday (13/08) after being found guilty of murder.

The five accused, all in their 20’s, are Motlatsi Palacious Mokete, Leaowa Michael Diphoko, Sibabalo Baba, Thabele Zaccheus Mokoena and Sehloho Precious Rantai.

Judge Fouché Jordaan convicted and sentenced each of the five men to life imprisonment following successful prosecution by Adv Antoinette Ferreira.

The five were found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Moses Tumelo Tyali in Thabong, Welkom, on 17 December 2013.

The court heard that they attacked the deceased in a house in Orange Grove, Thabong, hitting him with beer bottles and stabbing him several times with knives.

State witnesses testified about the brutality of the five men. According to them, the men broke down a door to gain entry to the house.

The deceased tried to run for safety, but the five men caught up with him and attacked him, repeatedly stabbing him with knives, the court heard.

They then left the victim to die in the street.

Judge Jordaan commended the witnesses for their bravery in testifying against the gangsters.

He further encouraged community members to follow this example of ­testifying, in order to assist the justice system to remove criminals from their midst and deterring others from committing criminal acts against law abiding citizens.

Judge Jordaan said that life sentences would send a clear message to those who are involved in gang-related crimes that the justice system would deal harshly with them

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