ANC welcomes ANCYL leader sentence

2012-09-18 19:28

Johannesburg - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the jail term handed down to an ANC Youth League leader who pleaded guilty to murder.

"The ANC welcomes today’s sentence as a breakthrough in the fight against the killing of political leaders in our province," provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.

Sifiso Khumalo, 31, was sentenced to 22 years for the murder of Dumisani Malunga in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

On Monday National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said Khumalo pleaded guilty to the murder of Malunga.

Malunga, 42, and Bheki Chiliza, 39, were shot dead while driving home from an ANC meeting on 9 September.
Khumalo and Samuel Cele were arrested last Monday, barely a day after the shooting.

According to a statement by Khumalo for his guilty plea, he and his co-accused Cele had arranged for a hitman to kill Malunga.

However, unbeknown to him and Cele, the assassin had come across both Malunga and Chiliza at the same time and opted to kill them both.

Cele would appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court for a bail application on Wednesday.

Chiliza was the Oshabeni branch secretary and Malunga was branch chairman.

Ramkisson said Khumalo did not reveal how much the assassin - who is believed to still be at large - was paid.

Zikalala said the ANC expected a harsher and tougher sentence which would act as a deterrent to others with the same motive.

"We are confident that the investigating officer and the NPA will work hard in order to secure a life sentence [for] Cele," he said.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 19:48

    Of course they do! It's only a matter of time before this convict is released on some pretext or other. After his release, we will read about another "controversial appointment" etc etc.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-18 20:40

    That was quick, normally these things take ages in the courts. And the hitman is still at large??? Catch him then we can have two people to feed and house. If we had the death penalty this would never have happened in the first place and if it did all it would cost the taxpayer is a bit of rope.

      wandile.ncobela.3 - 2012-09-20 12:31

      Douglas, i know u practicing your constitutional rights, but death penalty was harsh, human being deserve a second chance. Just imagine if your son commit a crime, such crime one will say he does not belong to human,how would u feel. We have correctional services, so when you do wrong, you are kept there until u show major improvements, Death penalty is not a solution, if I may ask, how many people are convicted while they are innocent, so they also deserve death sentence? In SA we have a great constitution, which put humam's right a priority. Please death penalty is no good. Rather send people to life sentence.

  • sidney.johnson.961 - 2012-09-18 21:26

    31 AND STILL A YOUTH????

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-19 07:32

      Yup, he failed Grade 10 for the last time in 2011.

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