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Strict security for killer mayor

2012-07-17 11:36

Rustenburg - Security was strict at the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday ahead of the sentencing of former mayor Mathew Wolmarans.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks entered the courtroom under heavy police guard.

Six policemen armed with rifles escorted him. Two of the officers stood guard next to Hendricks as he prepared to hand down sentence.

About 15 police officers were inside the court, and another 15 kept watch outside.

Wolmarans and his former bodyguard, Enoch Matshaba, were on Monday convicted of the murder of local councillor Moss Phakoe.

Hendricks found that Wolmarans hired his bodyguard to kill Phakoe, who was shot dead at his home in Rustenburg in March 2009.

Streets around the court were closed to traffic on Tuesday.