Ex-Rustenburg mayor guilty of murder

2012-07-16 14:39

Rustenburg - Former Rustenburg mayor Mathew Wolmarans and his former bodyguard were found guilty of murder by the North West High Court sitting in Rustenburg on Monday.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks found Wolmarans and Enoch Mtshaba guilty of the murder of local councillor Moss Phakoe.

Phakoe was shot dead outside his home in Rustenburg North on 14 March 2009.

Hendricks withdrew charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition against the two, saying the State could not prove this beyond a reasonable doubt.

"The State did prove beyond reasonable doubt that the two accused planned to kill the deceased," Hendricks said.

Outside the court Phakoe's supporters danced. They wore red T-shirts with Phakoe's face emblazoned on the front and the words "Judgement Day". On the back were the words "Hate me but don't hurt me".

Phakoe reportedly said this to Wolmarans after he handed a dossier detailing alleged corruption in the Rustenburg municipality to then co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-07-16 15:08

    Good job.

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-07-16 15:15

    Reprehensible. Remove them from society.R

  • Hermann - 2012-07-16 15:34

    And so the wheel turns and people will not believe it.

  • moamogoe - 2012-07-16 16:17

    If Schabir Shaik was able to get out of prison and is now living a great life out there, i doubt that this is the end of the Wolmarans case. There's still lots more to come from this.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-16 20:42

    What about the corruption case then? I guess if it was only for stealing from the us,he will not have a case to answer for then. May he rot in jail

  • sam.moloko.9 - 2012-07-17 10:42

    To think that such a serious case wasn't going anywhere until the hawks took over n dusted off the docket n reopened prosecution is indicting to our criminal justice system especially at the investigatory level. At least this conviction will resuscitate faith in the system.

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